Nov. 18, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Senior guard Jared Quayle scored a career-high 27 points and tied his career-high with 11 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Utah defeated Utah State, 68-67, in an intra-state battle here Wednesday night.
Utah State falls to 1-1 on the season with the loss, while Utah improves to 1-1 with the win.
Junior forward Nate Bendall added 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds for Utah State as he posted his first-ever double-double, and fellow junior forward Tai Wesley added 14 points and eight rebounds. Quayle's double-double was the fourth of his career.
Carlon Brown had a career-high 22 points to lead Utah, while Luka Drca finished the game with 11 points and a game-high six assists.
Utah State led 47-40 with 12:54 to play following an 18-foot jumper from Bendall, but went scoreless over the next 5:31 as Utah scored 11 straight points. The Aggies regained the lead at 54-53 following Quayle's fifth three-pointer of the game, but the Utes answered with a three of its own on its next possession.
With the game tied at 56-56 with 4:44 remaining, Utah got back-to-back baskets from Brown and Kim Tillie to go up four. USU got within one following a pair of free throws from Quayle to make the score 65-64, but Utah finished the game by making 3-of-4 free throws in the final 26 seconds to secure the win.
Utah led for much of the first half including a 23-18 advantage with 8:02 left before USU went on an 11-3 run to take a 29-26 lead into the locker room. USU shot 42.3 percent (11-26) in the first half, while UU shot 34.5 percent (10-29).
Utah State finished the game by shooting 45.5 percent from the field (25-55), 35.3 percent from three-point range (6-17) and 84.6 percent from the free throw line (11-13). Utah shot 42.9 percent overall (24-56), including 34.6 from behind the arc (9-26) and 78.6 percent at the charity stripe (11-14). The Aggies dominated the glass as it out-rebounded the taller Utes, 38-27. USU also had four more assists (14-10) and seven more turnovers (17-10) in the game.
Utah State will play its third straight road game to start the season on Saturday, Nov. 21 as it travels to Boston, Mass., to face Northeastern at 10 a.m. (MT).
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