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Men's basketball: Protecting the house

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Published: Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 13:11

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AGGIE CENTER JARRED SHAW dunks a ball during Utah State’s 65-55 win over the Weber State Wildcats in the Spectrum on Saturday. DELAYNE LOCKE photo

Aggie head coach Stew Morrill didn’t think Utah State’s 65-55 victory over Weber State on Saturday was pretty.


Neither team led by more than five points until the final five minutes of the game when the Aggie defense held the Wildcats to two points — both from the foul line.


“That’s the kind of games we generally have with Weber,” Morrill said. “Kind of knock-down, drag-out, tough to score. We’re just glad we hung in there and found a way to grind one out. That’s basically what happened.”


It is, after all, another win against an in-state team.


“We’ll take it,” he said.


Utah State is 39-26 all-time against Weber State and has won 11 of the last 13 games against the Wildcats, despite last season’s 73-63 loss in Ogden.


The Aggies allowed 3 of 13 Weber State 3-pointers Saturday and held Wildcat senior shooter Scott Bamforth scoreless from beyond the arc after he put up 27 points on seven treys in the game last season.


“They’re a good 3-point shooting team,” said Aggie shooting guard Preston Medlin. “It was good for us to only allow them three 3’s, which is big-time. I feel that’s what helped us really win the game.”


Forward Kyisean Reed and center Jarred Shaw were vital in the defensive stand, each blocking three shots apiece.


“I think we were being physical,” Shaw said. “We just stuck with it.”


On the other end, Shaw had 16 points to go along with his 12 rebounds.


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