Revenge is sweet for the Utes as Carlon Brown scored 22 points to help Utah outlast Utah State 68-67. After Jared Quayle scored the final two of his game-high 27 points on a pair of free throws with 27.6 seconds remaining, Luka Drca made two foul shots for a 67-64 Utah lead.
Tyler Newbold and Quayle missed chances to tie the game and then Quayle had to use his fifth foul to stop the clock. Kim Tillie missed the first free throw but made the second to clinch the game. Jaxon Myaer made a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to provide the final score.
Drca had 11 points and six assists for the Utes (1-1), who were outrebounded 38-27 but forced 17 Aggie turnovers.
Tai Wesley had 14 points for the Aggies (1-1) but made only one basket in the second half.
Quayle picked up the slack with 20 points in the second half and made 5 of 7 3-pointers.
Nate Bendall made a jumper to give the Aggies their biggest lead of the night, 47-40.
Luka Drca answered with a 3-pointer that sparked a string of 11 straight points for Utah. Brown's twisting layup in the lane capped the run and made it 51-47 for the Utes with 8:15 to play.
Of the 222 meetings between the schools, this is the earliest date they have played. Utah leads the series, 130-92. Neither team has won two in a row in the matchup -- the home team has won eight in a row -- since the Aggies won three straight from 2000-02.
The Aggies' zone stifled the Utah offense and forced the Utes to miss 12 3-pointers on their way to a 29-26 halftime lead. Utah did not rebound as effectively as I thought they would but the hardnosed defense made up for it. Utah should continue to get better as they host Southern on Saturday. The Runnin' Utes then will head to Las Vegas for the Las Vegas Invitational.