The Aggie Seniors shined brightest in their last game in the Dee Glenn Smith Spectrum on the ESPN Super Tuesday Night to celebrate the road to championship week.
The Aggie seniors impressed in their final home game as Utah State basketball players and the Aggies steamrolled the Spartans 94 to 56. This was the second win over the Spartans this season and the first this decade. The Aggie seniors combined for 34 of those points so they will definitely be missed. Sam Merrill, perhaps the most spectacular Senior and one of the greatest scorers in Aggie history, accounted for 18 of those points.
The Aggies got out on a big run and never looked back. Let’s take a look at a timeline:
With 14:21 to go in the first half, the Aggies had opened the game on a 19-0 run. They finally allowed a jumper by the Spartans with 14:05 to go.
At the 13:44 mark they led by 20 for the first time.
With 4:33 to go in the first half they broke the 30 point differential barrier.
With 19:08 left in the second half they broke they went up by 40 for the first time.
With 1:49 left in the second half the Aggies had their largest lead of the game which was 92-49.
The final score was Utah State 94 San Jose State 56.
Sam Merrill, Diogo Brito, Roche Grootfam and Abel Porter we’re honored for Senior Night. It was a game the Aggies needed to win and they won big to send their Seniors out in style and build the confidence they will need to carry them in the Conference Tournament.
Roche had a great dunk near the end of the game.
Sam Merrill had some sweet threes as he was 4-10 from beyond the arc.
Diogo Brito had two great steals and was the solid role player he has always been for the Aggies.
Abel Porter was willing and able to make the right plays to win. Coach Craig Smith said before the game that teams tend to win a lot of games when they have guys with the winner mentality like Abel Porter.
Also the future is bright as two players that are underclassmen both recorded impressive stat lines. Sophomores Justin Bean and Neemias Queta both recorded double doubles tonight. Bean had 12 points and 13 rebounds while Queta had 23 points and 10 rebounds. Justin Bean has recorded some of the most double doubles of any player in the nation this year. If Queta doesn’t go to the NBA, look for these two to really lead the Aggies to another good year next year.
The Aggies will finish the regular season on Saturday at New Mexico for their lone matchup of the season. They have won 5 straight but it is always tough playing in Albuquerque. Last year Abel Porter needed a game-winning three to beat the Lobos.
This could be a preview of a conference tournament matchup as the Lobos look like a lock to be the 7 seed and the Aggies can for sure clinch a two seed with either a win on Saturday or a Nevada loss. Nevada plays the one loss San Diego State Aztecs so we can be confident the Aggies could very well have a fun challenge in the first round.
In all this was a great 38 point win and a great day to be an Aggie!