LOGAN – It took another big comeback for the Aggies to beat Santa Clara Wednesday night in the Spectrum, but it was enough to keep Utah State undefeated.
Last week the Aggies overcame an 18-point first half deficit against Weber State to win the season opener. Sunday night against Illinois State they trailed by 12 points and won again. It was the same story Wednesday night. This time the Aggies were down 15 points to the Santa Clara Broncos but won 60-54.
Head coach Stew Morrill said he didn’t have an answer for how the Aggies keep doing it, but said they won’t feel bad about it.
“The good news is we keep fighting,” Morrill said. “If you would’ve told me going in we’d be 3-0 right now I would have asked you to get a mental checkup. We’ll take it. I don’t know if it’s a win we necessarily deserved, but we’ll take it.”
Less than five minutes into the game the Aggies were already down 16-1. They cut the Bronco’s lead down to one point early in the second half, but fell behind again, trailing by 11 with just over nine minutes left in the game.
“Basketball is game of runs. They got theirs, we knew ours was coming,” sophomore forward Jalen Moore said.
The Aggies kept fighting and finally took the lead when Chris Smith hit a three-pointer off a pass from Jojo McGlaston with under four minutes to play.
“(McGlaston) does a good job in practice of finding his teammates,” Morrill said. “That was just a really good play.”
“Jojo found me in the corner,” Smith said. “I had to make it with the Spectrum behind me.”
Moore said it was good that the team never quit, but said they have to start playing well for two halves.
“Once we start playing really good teams in the Mountain West Conference we’re going to need two halves to be able to compete with them,” he said.
The Aggies were outrebounded 43-30 during the game and shot 34.8 percent from the field. Moore led the Aggies in scoring with 15 points. Smith added another 14 and McGlaston had 10.
“Neither team shot too well tonight,” Moore said. “So it wasn’t really a shootout or anything, but we just found a way to grind it out and get the win.”
USU will travel to Mississippi this weekend to take on Mississippi State Saturday morning. The Bulldogs are 2-0.