The Utah State Aggies picked up their record setting 20th consecutive Western Athletic Conference victory Thursday night, beating the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs by a score of 74-57. USU lead the entire game, and received a balanced scoring game from many key players.”Obviously, I thought our guys did what they needed to do tonight,” Utah State head coach Stew Morrill said after the game. “Louisiana Tech has always given us problems, whether they are having a real good year or a little bit of a tough year… I was pleased with our guys. I thought that we played solid.”It was an all-around team effort from the men in white. Five Aggies scored in double figures. Senior forward Tai Wesley had a team-high 14 points to go along with four rebounds and one assist. Point guard Brockeith Pane had a tremendous game, as he really filled out the stat sheet. He scored 11 points, dished out nine assists, and pulled down seven rebounds. Pane was very efficient, as he only turned the ball over twice. He was quick to attribute his stellar play to his practice habits.”The more time that I practice and play, the better I get and the better our team gets,” Pane said following the game. “The further along you go into the season, the better your team plays.”Pane and Wesley were not alone in their efforts. Nate Bendall and Pooh Williams also scored in double figures, notching 10 and 11 points, respectively. Senior guard Tyler Newbold had yet another blue-collar, workmanship type of game. The team leader pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds, to go along with his five points and two assists.The Aggies jumped out to an early 16-2 lead over Louisiana Tech, and never looked back. USU was fueled by their bench players, as Brian Green and Brady Jardine each came into the game to provide some energy for the home team early on. Jardine finished with eight points and nine rebounds, including a monster reverse slam-dunk as he drove along the baseline with about six minutes left in the game. Green, as always, gave the Aggies a lift with his shooting from outside. The fiery guard scored 10 points, eight of which came in the first half, on 4-8 shooting. Green also had one rebound and two assists. Coach Morrill, when asked about the play of Green, was quick to talk of the values that the senior provides.”It’s just like ‘Okay, we’ve got a guy sitting over here that is going to come in and make some shots, going to come in and get us some points.’ He’s going to come in and dive on the floor, and play his tail off,” he said. “The energy that he has is just amazing. He is a perfect guy to come off the bench, with the style of play and the energy that he brings.”In a high-scoring game, USU was able to play good team defense. The Aggies held the Bulldogs to 42% from the field, including 6-21 from behind the three-point line. USU also out-rebounded Louisiana Tech, by a wide margin of 44-21. DeAndre Brown paced the Bulldogs, finishing with a game high 19 points on 7-15 shooting. The win dropped Louisiana Tech’s WAC record to 0-6 on the year.USU will now have one day of preparation for New Mexico State University, which will travel to the Spectrum for a late match-up on Saturday night. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 PM, and the game will be televised on ESPNU.
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