Aggies pull away in second half to beat Pacific, keep streak alive
The Aggies made it 25 wins in a row in the Big West Conference by defeating Pacific, 62-51, in Stockton, Calif.
"Pacific was a real physical one," USU's Curtis Bobb said.
Going into the contest against the Tigers, the Aggies knew it would be much like the first matchup in Logan, a physical battle. Utah State also knew that if it wanted to win its 11 straight victory on the road, it would have to work hard.
The Ags came out fired up, with Bobb hitting back-to-back baskets in helping USU open a 9-4 lead. USU continued to dominate the opening minutes and enjoyed a seve-point lead as Dion Bailey hit a jumper.
Unfourtunalty for the Aggies, Pacific went on a run of its own in the first half and battled back into the game as Mike Preston helped his team outscore USU, 15-5. Preston scored 13 points in the first half but was held scoreless in the second half.
"We came out in the second half and outplayed them," Bobb said. "We were more physical then them."
In the second half the Aggies took the lead for good when Bernard Rock, who led all scorers with 15 points, took the ball away from the Tigers and drove it all the way for a layup. The Tigers turned the ball over14 times, contributing to 21 points for the Aggies.
Bobb was responsible for taking the ball away four of those times times.
"Curtis made some big plays down the stretch," Coach Stew Morrill told the media
Bobb, who finished the game with 12 points, hit two three-pointers late in the second half to help maintain USU's lead for good as he gave his team a comfortable 10-point lead.
"We found a way down the stretch," Morrill said
The USU defense came up huge in the game as it held the Tigers to only 42 percent from the field. The Aggies ended the game shooting 50 percent from the field.
With the victory over the Tigers, USU comes home to play the University of Idaho on Saturday night at the Spectrum.