On a night where the Aggies were honoring the late Wayne Estes, their alumni and their head coach, there was a lot of emotion in the air as both teams battled for positioning in the Mountain West tournament. With a full, sellout crowd in attendance, both teams did not disappoint.
The Aggies' game plan seemed to be to limit the three point opportunities and stop players from scoring in the paint. They were only able to do just one of those two things: the Rams shot a dismal 3-of-21 (14.3 percent) from behind the arc but were unstoppable in the paint, scoring 46 of their 75 points in the paint. J.J. Avila led the Rams with double-double with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Gian Clavell had a good night off the bench, scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds.
For Utah State, they were a little cold from beyond the arc, shooting 33 percent. Rebounding was also a problem, the Aggies gave up 16 offensive rebounds and lost the rebounding battle, 43-37.
Chris Smith had another career night, scoring 24 points and 5 rebounds. Jalen Moore was one rebound shy of a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing 9 rebounds.
Even with the loss, Utah State still has a first round bye, but finishes in fifth place. Colorado State finishes in third place with the win. With the seeding locked in, the Aggies will play Wyoming on Thursday at 3:30 PM MT, while Colorado State will play Fresno State on Thursday at 9:30 PM MT. Both games will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.