Utah St. beats Boise St., wins WAC
Aggies heading to second NCAA tournament
LAS VEGAS -- Tai Wesley scored 19 points after a quiet start and No. 23 Utah State earned its second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament, beating Boise State 77-69 in the Western Athletic Conference championship game Saturday night.
Utah State (30-3) was solid throughout in its fifth WAC title game in six years, getting big contributions from Brian Green (12 points) and Nate Bendall (16 points) at the start of each half.
Wesley took over down the stretch, scoring nine points in the final 5 minutes to help the Aggies match a school record for wins and set off a wild celebration with the student section at midcourt.
Boise State (20-12) twice came back from double-digit deficits to make it close, but will now have to hope for some generosity from the NCAA tournament selection committee for its first berth since 2008 -- which might be a longshot coming out of the weak WAC.