NMSU 28 - USU 26, Halftime
New Mexico State and Utah State are playing a game reminiscent of their last battle at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M., in which NMSU defeated the Utags 52-50. The southern Aggies are winning the battle in the paint, thanks in large part to Troy Gillenwater, who gives NM State a much-needed boost off the bench. Following a breakout game against Nevada in the WAC semifinals, Gillenwater is on his way to another good performance on 3-7 from the field and 2-2 from the free throw line totaling 8 points in 13 mninutes. Jahmar Young is struggling from the field again, shooting 3-9 and racking up 7 points. The story for Utah State in the first half has been the hot shooting by Jared Quayle, who leads the Utags with 14 points on 4-6 from the field and 2-3 from three-point land. Nate Bendall is performing well, shooting 3-3 from the field and hitting 2-2 from the line for 8 points. USU's Tai Wesley is struggling in the paint, hitting only 1-6 from the field and 0-2 from the free throw line. The difference-maker for the southern Aggies in the first half has been their ability to score in the paint, racking up 18 points to USU's 10. USU's bench has only contributed 2 points. The Ags have 10.