Men's basketball: Aggies snap WAC record

Jan 21 2011 - 12:40am

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(JENNIFER MEYERS/The Associated Press) Utah State’s Brady Jardine prepares to shoot over Louisiana Tech’s J.L. Lewis in the Aggies’ victory.
(JENNIFER MEYERS/The Associated Press) Utah State’s Brady Jardine prepares to shoot over Louisiana Tech’s J.L. Lewis in the Aggies’ victory.

LOGAN -- Forging out to a 16-2 lead, those Aggies put on quite a show for their hometown fans.

Tai Wesley scored 14 points to lead five Aggies in double figures as Utah State downed Louisiana Tech 74-57 on Thursday night at the Smith Spectrum.

USU won its record 20th straight Western Athletic Conference game, and also increased its home winning streak to 25 straight at home.

Brockeith Pane scored 11 and dished out a career-high nine assists for USU (17-2, 6-0 WAC). Pooh Williams added 11 points and Brian Green 10.

DeAndre Brown scored 19 points for the Bulldogs (9-1, 0-6).

Tyler Newbold grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds for USU as the Aggies outrebounded the Bulldogs 44-21.

USU led 56-36 with 13:28 to play before Louisiana Tech went on an 8-0 run keyed by two dunks by Olu Ashaolu. A 3-point shot by Green stopped the run and the Bulldogs were never able to get any closer.

USU burst out to a 16-2 lead in the first half with all starters scoring. The Bulldogs fought back to 21-13 with 8:45 left in the half when Brown hit a short jumper.

But the Aggies got 19 points from the bench, compared to nine for Louisiana Tech in the half and outrebounded the visitors 21-9 to take a 43-29 halftime lead.

Wesley came into the game ranked fourth nationally in field goal percentage (63.6 percent) but shot only 4-of-10 Thursday night.

"Utah State got after the boards and we had some guys out of position," said Tech coach Kerry Rupp. "We made some runs at them. That's a really good team and a veteran team."

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