AGGIES KEEP IT CLOSE BUT FALL TO THE COUGARS
Cougars continue winning streak over Aggies
Make it eight straight for the Cougars over the Aggies. BYU came up victorious Saturday night with a 68-64 win in Salt Lake City. Utah State hung with BYU the entire game but could never open up a sizeable lead. The Aggie faithful showed up in force to cheer on their team. About 2/3 of the crowd seemed to be Aggie fans.
Yoeli Childs led the way for the Cougars with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The Senior forward is a force to be reckoned with down low. Utah State did a pretty good job defensively double-teaming Childs nearly every time he touched the ball.
Senior guard TJ Haws had a big first half for the Cougars helping them take a 7 point lead into the break. Haws scored 13 of his 16 points in the first half. After the break Haws cooled down but still did a good job getting his teammates open and finished with 5 assists.
Utah Native, Abel Porter, played arguably his best game in an Aggie uniform. Porter finished with 13 points to go along with 2 rebounds and 4 assists. Porter played a whopping 37 out of the possible 40 minutes.
Alphonso Anderson certainly did his part against the Cougars last night. Anderson finished with 14 points and 4 rebounds. Anderson played a big part in helping the Aggies get back into the game in the second half. An extremely controversial moment in the game came when Anderson hit a three pointer while standing on the NBA three-point line. The referees were unable to notice the difference between the college three-point line and the NBA three-point line and awarded the Aggies only two points.
Sam Merrill played his final regular season game against BYU Saturday night. Merrill finished his career against BYU with a big fat goose egg in the win column. Growing up in Bountiful, about halfway between Logan and Provo, Merrill is no stranger to the importance of in-state games. Historically Merrill has been extremely underwhelming against the Cougars and last night was no exception. After the final buzzer rang Merrill finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds. 7 of his 11 points came from the free throw line. From the field Merrill shot an abysmal 2-10 including 0-4 from behind the arc.
The Aggies had a chance to take the lead with 45 seconds left but missed their chance when Justin Bean and Neemias Queta both missed layups. The Cougars hit a three on the ensuing possession pushing the lead to 68-64.
Utah State will face BYU in the Spectrum next season.
Utah State will travel to Houston, TX to face USF on a neutral court and then to Sunrise, FL to face the Florida Gators next week.