Thursday, March 11, 2010

WAC Tournament discussion

I wanted to post an entry where you/we can discuss the tournament in its entirety over the next three days. Players who stand out, breaking down games, etc. Bookmark it, refer to it. I want to see if it works. Utah State and Boise just tipped off on ESPNU.

The WAC website for tournament stats and postgame video

Utah State’s streak hits 16 with 84-60 victory
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Tai Wesley, Brian Green and Pooh Williams each scored 18 points to lead Utah State to its 16th straight victory, 84-60 over Boise State in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament Thursday. Jared Quayle added 13 points and 13 rebounds and Wesley also notched a double-double with 10 rebounds for the top-seeded Aggies (26-6), who outrebounded Boise State 47-27. Utah State advances to Friday’s semifinal against the winner of Thursday’s game between Louisiana Tech and Fresno State. Daequon Montreal had 16 points and Robert Arnold 14 points and eight rebounds for the Broncos (15-17), who shot 38 percent from the field compared to Utah State’s 53 percent. Green was 7 of 10 from the field, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range. He had two 3-pointers and a 17-foot jumper during one late stretch to give Utah State a 69-53 lead.

Guyton, Louisiana Tech defeat Fresno State 74-66
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Jamel Guyton scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Louisiana Tech to a 74-66 win over Fresno State Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament. Guyton made 11 of his 14 shots from the field, and was 3-for-5 from 3-point range for Louisiana Tech (23-9). Magnum Rolle added 12 points and nine rebounds and Olu Ashaolu 11 points and eight rebounds for the fourth-seeded Bulldogs.
Louisiana Tech advances to Friday night’s semifinal against top-seeded Utah State (26-2), which defeated Boise State 84-60.
Paul George had 22 points and 11 rebounds for Fresno State (15-18), the fifth seed.
Fresno trailed 33-32 at the half and held its last lead when Sylvester Seay’s 3-pointer made it 48-46 with 13:30 remaining.
Louisiana Tech answered with an 8-0 run when Rolle converted a 3-point play inside, Guyton hit from 3 and Rolle scored again inside to go back in front for good, 54-48 with 9:11 left.

Nevada rolls past Idaho 87-71 in WAC quarterfinal
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Luke Babbitt scored 21 points to lead five Nevada players in double figures and the Wolf Pack poured in seven 3-pointers in the first half en route to an 87-71 win over Idaho Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament. Brandon Fields had 15 points, Joey Shaw 14, Armon Johnson 13 and Dario Hunt 12 for the Wolf Pack (20-11). Nevada shot 55 percent from the field and made 10 of 18 from 3-point range.
On Friday, the Wolf Pack will meet the winner of Thursday night’s quarterfinal between third-seeded New Mexico State and sixth-seeded San Jose State. Luciano de Souza had 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field for Idaho (15-16), which shot 40 percent from the field and missed 8 of 19 free throws.


Anonymous said...

That's why J.G., since Tiger is on the straight and narrow, YOU are the man!
We're with you ....

Anonymous said...

Well I think La Tech will give them a hard time in semis.

Jason Groves said...

I said before that La Tech's athleticism could bother Utah State and the Bulldogs were in the game on the road before failing down the stretch. On a neutral court, it could be different, but Kyle Gibson isn't the same player with the injured ankle, although his charge that he drew was huge. As for Utah State, so much for the theory that Boise State could spring an upset. Is Graham safe in the offseason? I think so, he has lost a lot of talent in the past couple of years.

jimmy said...

Thought some of the big money shots Fresno took in the final four minutes are all too common in WAC games. Solid players want to carry the whole team on their backs w/o trusting their teammates. It might have worked out for Seay if he could have hit down the stretch. Ankle limits anybody but especially KG's game. At least La Tech's preped for a hard effort tomorrow. Hope MM's got the Aggies ready to play as a team here in an hour and not individuals trying to be heroes.

Anonymous said...

Oliver - airball ... McKines a trey??? Let's stay in this alternate universe.

jimmy said...

13:15 to go in the first half Jack is stoked on Tyrone: He plays hard D and knows when to shoot.
That's the kindof anti-WAC player jimmy is talking about.

Anonymous said...

Nice game for NMSU; it was a good win. Was hoping the starters would have gotten more rest at the end.

Let's hope for a triple overtime game between LaTech and Utah State. Let's also hope for a Nevada letdown and a going-away Aggie win.