Aggies Hold On For 61-59 Win At UC Santa Barbara Monday Night

Nov. 17, 2008

Final Stats

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Matt Formisano scored a put-back basket with three second to play to lift Utah State to a hard-fought 61-59 road win here Monday night against UC Santa Barbara. USU improves to 2-0 on the season with the win, while UCSB falls to 1-1 with the loss.

Utah State has now won six straight games against UC Santa Barbara, including 12 of its last 14 overall. It was also USU's third straight regular season road win dating back to last year and its 46th straight win when allowing less than 60 points.

With the game tied at 59-all, Utah State's Gary Wilkinson missed a running layup that Formisano rebounded and scored on to give the Aggies the win. Formisano finished with six points and three rebounds.

Sophomore forward Tai Wesley led Utah State with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Wilkinson added 11 points and eight rebounds. Freshman guard Jaxon Myaer also scored 11 points for the visitors.

Chris Devine and James Powell each scored 14 points for UC Santa Barbara, but were a combined 11-of-28 from the field, including 2-of-9 from three-point range.

Utah State used a 14-0 run in the second-half to take a 56-44 lead with 7:52 remaining before UC Santa Barbara went on an 18-6 run to tie the game at 59-all with :29 seconds to play.

UC Santa Barbara scored the first four points of the game before Utah State rallied to take its first lead at 7-6 on a layup by junior guard Stavon Williams. The Gauchos reclaimed the lead and held a 12-9 advantage before the Aggies went on a 13-2 run and lead 24-14 with 5:16 to play in the half. UCSB would scored 13 of the final 19 points of the first-half to make the score 30-27 for USU at the half.



Myaer led Utah State with eight first-half points as USU shot 47.8 percent from the field (11-23). Powell had nine first-half points for UCSB as the Gauchos shot 40.7 percent (11-27).

Utah State finished the game by shooting 47.9 percent from the field (23-48), 42.9 percent from three-point range (6-14) and 69.2 percent from the free throw line (9-13), while UC Santa Barbara shot 44.6 percent overall (25-56), including 4-14 from three-point range (.286) and 5-of-7 from the free throw line (.714). USU also dominated the glass as it out-rebounded the Gauchos, 36-25.

Utah State will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 25 when it plays the first of three straight home games as it hosts in-state rival Weber State at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

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