Utah State nips Louisiana Tech in thriller, 67-61

Utah State came out on top Wednesday, escaping with a win over conference foe Louisiana Tech, by a score of 67-61. The Aggies prevailed in a back and forth game that was tight from the tip-off to the buzzer.The difference in the game proved to be Pooh Williams. The junior guard had a monstrous second half, scoring all 15 of his points in the final 20 minutes. The lefty sparked the Aggies late in the game, when he scored 11 straight points in the final three minutes to pull the Aggies ahead. Williams’ points were even more impressive considering that he was given the task of guarding all-WAC player Kyle Gibson for most of the night. Williams did a great job on Gibson, holding him to 14 points on 4-18 shooting.Aside from Pooh’s outstanding game, USU received contributions from the other starters also. Tai Wesley, Jared Quayle, and Nate Bendall all reached double figures in scoring, notching 16, 13, and 11 points respectively. Quayle was able to record his second double-double of the season by pulling down a game high 10 rebounds. Tyler Newbold also had a solid game, with five points, four assists, and a rebound. Newbold helped to clinch the win with a key steal and a pair of free throws in the final thirty seconds.Louisiana Tech was able to keep themselves in the game with their free throw shooting and timely three point shots. The Bulldogs finished the game 13-15 from the charity stripe, and 6-22 from three point territory. Although the percentage from downtown was not that impressive, it seemed as if all of the visitor’s threes came at crucial points in the game, just as it seemed the Aggies were about to patch together a run.USU will now have two days of preparation for Wichita State, whom the Aggies will play on Saturday at 10 PM. The Shockers are paying Logan a visit as part of ESPN’s BracketBuster deal, which will give the Ags a good match up with a quality team from out of conference.Bendall had a dunk, a putback and a free throw in the final 90 seconds to seal the win.

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