The Utah State Aggies absolutely throttled the Boise State Broncos Saturday night in front of a sell-out crowd, winning by a score of 77-49. Utah State started the game off hot, and proceeded to utterly dismantle the visiting Broncos for the remainder of the game.”We played a pretty good all-around game,” Aggie head coach Stew Morrill said. “We opened up by making shots and playing hard. We jumped on them early. We had a lot of guys play well. We took much better care of the ball than last time we played them. I had no idea that it would be this type of game for us, but it is pleasing.”One of the reasons that the Aggies were able to jump on Boise early was the play of Tai Wesley. The senior forward and vocal team leader started off on fire, scoring the first six points of the contest in just two minutes. To contrast, Boise State did not score their sixth point until the 13:00 mark in the first half. Following his stellar start, Wesley went on to put up an impressive stat line. The preseason Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year finished with 22 points on 8-11 shooting, to go along with six rebounds, an assist, and three steals. Wesley felt that he was able to be effective because of the type of defense that he was up against.”We wanted to establish down low. They weren’t really double teaming very hard, and us post guys get excited about that. We did work,” Wesley said when asked about his success.As good as Wesley was, he had plenty of help. All 12 Aggies that dressed saw at least three minutes of playing time, and of that 12, 10 scored. Six of those 10 scored at least seven points. Joining Wesley in double figures were Pooh Williams and Brockeith Pane, who each had 10 points. Pane also had seven assists. Williams did a great job defensively on Boise State star La’Shard Anderson, holding the Bronco’s point guard scoreless on the game.”I thought Brockeith was good. He had seven assists and only one turnover,” Morrill said. “… There were just a variety of guys that played pretty solidly.”Once again, USU’s defense was vital in the win. The Aggies were very strong on the defensive end, holding the Broncos to just 33% shooting, including 22% from three point land. USU also forced 14 Boise turnovers, converting those into 17 points. The Aggies, on the other hand, shot 64% from the field and 62% on three point attempts. The relentless Aggie defense clearly frustrated Boise, as the visitors could never get into any sort of rhythm on offense.The win is USU’s 17th in a row and extends USU’s conference win streak to 25. Utah State will now take the Sunday off to enjoy the Superbowl before returning to practice on Monday. The Aggies will travel to Moscow, Idaho for a game against the Idaho Vandals on Wednesday. Tip-off is scheduled for 9 PM, and the game will be televised on ESPN2.
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