LOGAN - You can point at Tai Wesley's domination in the paint, Brian Green's shooting from three-point land, or Jared Quayle's flawless running of the offense.
Simply put, Utah State shut the Shockers down. In what was a 10-0 run that pretty much decided things, the Aggies held Wichita State without a single point for better than eight minutes.
"We were really pumped up to play," Utah State forward Tai Wesley said. "We started this game much later than normal, so we had our adrenaline going and by the time the game started we really wanted to go out and play."
And play the Aggies did, especially when Wichita State had the ball. Utah State held the Shockers to 40 percent shooting from the field. The Aggies, in that pivotal first half, limited Wichita State to 29 percent from the floor.
That was more than enough for Utah State to extend the lead in a game that was never in doubt. And when the Aggies established a double figures advantage, they never let the Shockers regain momentum.
"We lost to a very good team in a great atmosphere," Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall said. "This is probably the best atmosphere I've played in front of in a long time. They're a great team and well coached. We certainly didn't play well enough to beat them."