Dick Harmon: Cougars, Aggies put on competitive show

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 17 2010 11:35 p.m. MST

Wesley fouled out after grabbing a rebound. Officials said he intentionally raised his elbows toward Chris Collinsworth. The intentional whistle put Collinsworth at the line and he buried both for a 74-69 BYU advantage.

Wesley had made an impressive 9 of 11 shots, mostly inside the key, an area MWC foes SDSU and UNLV will surely exploit after the new year in league play.

"It was huge because Chris made the free throws and Wesley was out of the game and he was their best offense inside," said Hartsock, who had a pair of critical offensive rebounds in the final five minutes.

Collinsworth said Wesley's elbow didn't hit him but he felt it go by and it was just hard competitive play.

Wesley, who said officials warned the captains about a new rule that emphasizes a prevention of raised elbows, said he was trying to protect the ball "and my instincts just took over."

BYU's inside defense, which did not effectively stop Wesley (19 points) all night, did without sophomore center Brandon Davies, who was held out of the game in favor of Hartsock, Chris Collinsworth and James Anderson in the post.

This is a series that needs to keep a stage with all this conference switching around and BYU's march to independence.

Morrill versus Rose.

These guys do put on a show.

e-mail: dharmon@desnews.com

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