Reno, NV (Sports Network) - Tai Wesley, one of three players to score 18 points for Utah State, collected 10 rebounds as the Aggies defeated Boise State, 84-60, in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament at the Lawlor Events Center.
Wesley, who shot 9-of-15 from the floor for the top-seeded Aggies (26-6), added four assists, three blocks and a couple of steals as well. Brian Green and Pooh Williams both matched Wesley in the scoring column and Jared Quayle posted 13 points to go along with his game-high 13 boards as the Aggies logged their 16th win in a row.
The eighth-seeded Broncos (15-17) were paced by Daequon Montreal who dropped in 16 points as four of the five starters scored in double figures in the setback. Robert Arnold filled out his stat line with 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three blocks, while Ike Okoye and La'Shard Anderson checked in with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
A close game in the first half, BSU converted only 1-of-8 shots behind the three-point line in the period, yet the Broncos trailed by just five points at the break, 35-30.
In the second half USU took flight with 58.1 percent shooting from the floor and 10-of-14 at the charity stripe, en route to the 24-point triumph.
The Aggies survived 15 turnovers by hitting on 52.5 percent from the field and holding a commanding 47-27 advantage on the glass.
With the victory the Aggies now move on to the semifinals on Friday and will face off against Louisiana Tech.