Friday, March 19, 2010
Final: Texas A&M 69, Utah State 53
By Ted Miller
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Sometimes the pregame perception turns out to be flat wrong.
Texas A&M were expert marksmen against Utah State, winning the battle of Aggies, 69-53, by hitting 50 of its shots from the field.
Meanwhile, Utah State couldn't connect on anything. Go figure.
The player of the game was Texas A&M freshman Khris Middleton, who scored a career-high 19 points, connected on five of six from 3-point range. During the regular season, Middleton averaged seven points per game and connected on just 27 percent of his 3-point attempts.
Meanwhile, Utah State was 5 of 21 from 3-point range and shot 36 percent from the field. During the regular season, the sharpshooting Aggies had a 49 percent field goal percentage, which ranked eighth in the nation, and hit their treys at a 42 percent clip.
Utah State point guard Jared Quayle, the engine of the offense, had a great season, but he had a terrible game. He scored just nine points on 4 of 17 shooting with one assist.
With Middleton taking a starring role, A&M's leading scorer Donald Sloan (18.2 ppg), a first-team All-Big 12 pick, took on a supporting role, only scoring 10 points.