If Wednesday night was the last game five Aggie seniors ever play at the Spectrum, it was a proper send-off. Utah State’s five — Spencer Butterfield, Sean Harris, Preston Medlin, TeNale Roland and Jarred Shaw — each got a jersey. They each got a start. And prevailing through a few slow patches, they collectively got a win. The 65-54 result over Wyoming could be the final stop for those five Aggies in the Spectrum, but they made it work. With an overwhelming advantage on the boards and physical play in the paint, Utah State (17-13, 7-11) notched their final conference win of the season and gained some momentum headed into the league tournament next week. The Aggies also got to leave their hometown fans with a positive last impression. "We want them to think we’re really together," Butterfield said. "We love each other. We love playing with each other. I think you could see that just from the beginning of the game just how excited we were with everyone scoring and contributing." The Aggies were throttled by the Cowboys the last time the two played, but Wyoming came without injured star center Larry Nance. Utah State punished them around the hoop, outrebounding their guests by 20 and getting big nights from Kyle Davis and Shaw. Shaw led all scorers with 14 points and added 10 rebounds, despite getting benched before the end of the game on a technical foul. Davis led the effort on the glass, getting 14 rebounds and chipping 11 points. "We always emphasize pounding the boards," coach Stew Morrill said. "But obviously that got us a lot more possessions, and in a close game that really helps." Spencer Butterfield and TeNale Roland also had double-digit nights in what could be their final appearance at the Spectrum. Each had four assists. Trailing by three at halftime, Utah State used a 10-0 run to climb back in it after the Cowboys started the second half hot. Later, Utah State had an 11-3 run that gave it the lead for good. While the Aggies didn’t hit consistently from deep, Roland, Butterfield and Medlin each made second-half 3-pointers that helped them inch away.
Aggies defeat Wyoming on Senior Night
Salt Lake Tribune | Mar 6