Utah State handles Saint Mary'sFeb 20, 2011 - 5:32 AM Moraga, CA (Sports Network) - Tai Wesley and Brockeith Pane both scored 22 points to lead No. 25 Utah State to a 75-65 victory over Saint Mary's-CA in a non-conference battle.
Wesley also brought down 11 rebounds for the Aggies (25-3), who have won three in a row.
Mickey McConnell posted 16 points to lead the Gaels (22-6), who have dropped two in a row. Mitchell Young added 11 points and 11 boards.
Utah State led throughout the early parts of the game, and was up 20-14 after Pane's three-point play with 10:44 to go.
However, the Gaels followed with a 20-2 run to take control. Young scored the final six points of the burst, which had Saint Mary's up 34-22 with 3:32 remaining.
The Gaels carried a 36-27 advantage into the break, and still held a substantial lead about four minutes into the second half, when Rob Jones dropped in a layup for a 41-33 advantage.
The Aggies, though, went on a 10-0 run to move back in front, and the momentum kept swinging their way.
Pane's layup with 8:37 to play ended a nine-point run that had Utah State leading 52-43, and the visitors' lead touched double digits multiple times over the next few minutes.
The Gaels trimmed their deficit to 65-59 with 2:44 left, after Clint Steindl buried a three. However, Brady Jardine answered with a three-point play for Utah State, which held on from there.
The Gaels shot 39 percent...Utah State shot 55.6 percent in the second half, and 50 percent overall.
- UTAH STATE: 75
ST. MARY'S: 65
Feb 19 11:15 PM
- UTAH STATE: 27
ST. MARY'S: 36
Feb 19 9:55 PM
- UTAH STATE: 0
ST. MARY'S: 0
1st Half - 20:00
Feb 19 9:08 PM
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