Utah St's 19-Game Winning Streak Snapped

February 15th, 2009
BOISE, Idaho - No. 17/21 Utah State committed 19 turnovers and shot a season-low 36.5 percent from the field Saturday night here at Taco Bell Arena as it lost its first game in over two months, 66-56, to Boise State.

Utah State, who had its 19-game winning streak snapped as well as its 16-game Western Athletic Conference winning streak, is now 24-2 on the season and 12-1 in the WAC. It was also USU's first road loss of the season as it is now 10-1 on the road. Boise State improved to 17-7 overall and 7-4 in league play with the win.

Senior forward Gary Wilkinson led Utah State with 12 points and six rebounds, while junior guard Jared Quayle also had 12 points, to go along with four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Sophomore guard Pooh Williams also scored in double-figures for USU as he finished with 10 points and four rebounds.

Mark Sanchez had a game-high 20 points for Boise State and Anthony Thomas had 18 points.

Utah State rallied from an early 7-4 deficit with a 10-2 run to take its largest lead of the game at 14-9 just seven minutes in. BSU then went on a 7-2 run to get back within one and neither team led by more than three points the rest of half as the Broncos went into the locker room with a 27-25 advantage after Thomas hit a three-pointer from the left wing at the buzzer.

Williams scored all 10 of his points in the first-half to lead Utah State, while Thomas had 10 for Boise State. USU shot 42.3 percent from the field (11-26) in the first 20 minutes, while BSU shot 35.7 percent (10-28). The Broncos, however, were 5-of-7 (.714) at the free throw line as compared to just 1-of-2 (.500) for the Aggies.

Boise State opened the second-half with an 8-1 run to take a 35-26 lead and extended its margin to 12 at 41-29 with 14:10 to play. Utah State then went on a 9-2 run to get within five at 43-38 following a three-pointer from freshman guard Jaxon Myaer, but the Broncos scored six of the next seven points to increase its lead back to 10. The Aggies made one more run at BSU and got within six at 60-54 with 1:21 to play following a put-back from freshman forward Brady Jardine, but the Broncos made six straight free throws in the final 74 seconds to notch the win.

Boise State finished the game by shooting 41.8 percent from the field (23-55), 27.8 percent from three-point range (5-18), and 75.0 percent from the free throw line (15-20). USU shot 33.3 percent from behind the arc (5-15) and 61.9 percent from the free throw line (13-21).

Utah State will return to action on Wednesday, Feb. 18 when it hosts Cal State Bakersfield (6-18) in a non-conference game at 7 p.m., in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.