Aggie Men Advance To Seminfinals Of WAC Tournament With 84-60 Win Against Boise State Thursday

March 11, 2010

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RENO, Nev. - Utah State used a pair of double-doubles from senior guard Jared Quayle and junior forward Tai Wesley to run past Boise State, 84-60, in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament held here in the Lawlor Events Center Thursday.

Utah State, who extended its winning streak to 16-straight games, improves to 26-6 on the season and 12-3 all-time in the WAC Tournament with the win. Boise State, who entered the game winners of three of its last four games, ends its season with a 15-17 record.

Quayle recorded a career-high 13 rebounds in the game to go along with 13 points and four assists, while Wesley finished the game with 18 points, a season-high tying 10 rebounds, four assists, three blocked shots and two steals. Junior guards Pooh Williams and Brian Green both scored a career-high 18 points, as Williams had 13 after halftime while Green scored 12. Junior guard Tyler Newbold had seven points and seven boards for the home team.

Daequon Montreal had 16 points to lead Boise State, while Robert Arnold had 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots.

Leading by just two at 37-35 early in the second half, Utah State used a 9-0 run to take a 46-35 lead with 16:28 to play. Boise State then went on a 9-2 run to get back within four with 13:24 remaining, but USU answered with a 10-0 run to lead by 14 and the Broncos never got within single digits again. USU's margin swelled to 20 with just over a minute to go following a layup from sophomore forward Brady Jardine and Newbold finished the scoring with a pair of free throws to give the top-seed its largest lead of the game with the final score of 84-60. Utah State ended the game on a 13-3 run during the final 5:14.

Utah State finished the game by shooting 52.5 percent from the field (32-61), 44.4 percent from three-point range (8-18) and 75.0 percent at the free throw line (12-16). Boise State shot just 37.7 percent (23-61), including 31.6 percent from behind the arc (6-19) and was just 8-of-13 (.615) at the free throw line.

Utah State dominated the glass and recorded a season-high in rebounds with its 47-27 advantage. USU did, however, commit double-digit turnovers for the first time in seven games as it finished with 15 miscues.

Utah State scored the first six points of the game on baskets by junior forward Nate Bendall, Quayle and Williams forcing a quick timeout by the Broncos. BSU responded by scoring 10 of the next 12 points and later led 12-11 with 14:08 to go in the half before the Aggies scored seven unanswered points to regain control of the game. USU later used a 10-2 run to take a 28-16 lead with 6:12 to play following a three-pointer from sophomore guard Jaxon Myaer. USU led by eight at 35-27 with five seconds remaining in the half after a pair of free throws by Quayle, but BSU's Paul Noonan hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to get the Broncos within 35-30 at the break.

Quayle had nine first-half points, while Wesley scored eight, as USU shot 46.7 percent (14-30) during the first 20 minutes, including 5-of-10 (.500) from behind the arc. BSU shot 37.1 percent (13-35) in the first stanza and was just 1-of-8 (.125) from three-point range, but forced eight Aggie turnovers to keep the game close.

Utah State will now play in the semifinals of its conference tournament for the 11th straight season and face Louisiana Tech on Friday, March 12 at 7 p.m. (MT). The game will not be televised. LTU defeated Fresno State, 74-66, in the other afternoon quarterfinal.



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