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Utah State downs Vandals

SATURDAY, FEB. 26, 2011, 8:39 P.M.

LOGAN, Utah — Tai Wesley scored 22 points in his final home game at Utah State as the Aggies ran past Idaho 84-68 on Saturday night.

Brockeith Pane added 18 points for Utah State (26-3, 13-1 Western Athletic) and Brian Green had 15. The win, combined with a loss by New Mexico State on Wednesday night, gave the Aggies their fourth consecutive WAC regular-season title.

Shawn Henderson scored 17 points and Jeff Ledbetter 16 for the Vandals (16-12, 8-7). Stephen Madison had 10 points.

Wesley, the current WAC player of the week, has scored 20 or more points in four of his last six games.

Idaho scored the first two baskets of the second half, but Utah State bounced back behind Pane and Wesley to extend the lead to 56-35 with 11:10 to play. Idaho then scored nine consecutive points before Pooh Williams hit his first basket of the night to stop the Vandals’ run.

The Aggies – who avenged their only loss in WAC play, a defeat at Idaho on Feb. 9 – shot 63.2 percent from the field in the second half. Wesley shot 6 of 9 from the field and 10 of 12 from the free-throw line for the game.

Before the game, Wesley was one of six seniors honored by Utah State for their contributions, including a 105-27 record over the last four years and 67-1 mark at home.

Idaho closes the season with two games at home as it battles for the No. 4 seed in the WAC tournament, which begins on March 10 in Las Vegas. The Aggies finish regular-season play with two road games.



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