March 14, 2009


RENO, Nevada (AP) - Gary Wilkinson scored 21 points and Jared Quayle and Tai Wesley each had double-doubles to help Utah State win the Western Athletic Conference tournament championship 72-62 over Nevada on Saturday night.

Quayle had 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Wesley 14 points and 11 rebounds for the top-seeded Aggies (30-4), who held Nevada scoreless for the first 6 1/2 minutes and denied Wolf Pack scoring leader Luke Babbitt a field goal until 16:24 was left in the game.

The tournament title gave the WAC's regular season champs their sixth trip to the NCAA tournament in 10 years, but first since 2006.

Armon Johnson scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half while Babbitt, a freshman, finished with only eight points on 3-of-12 shooting for second-seeded Nevada (21-12), which made only two of its first 21 attempts from the field and shot 30 percent.