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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 17 2010 11:58 p.m. MST

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Ogden Aggie
Ogden, UT

It is sad to see the refs taint what was such a close, hard fought game with 2:04 remaining. Let the boys play ball. Either way, look for the Aggies to go on a crazy win streak from here on out that will be capped off with a big win at Georgetown. Go State!!!

Striker
Omaha, NE

Great game BYU! Great win! Thanks usu for getting votes to up BYU's ranking next week. Never doubted for a second BYU would lose. They close out games so well, especially at home. Utah now has to deal with their fans....glad BYU is done with them! They'll probably storm the court if they beat Utah. LAME!

Can't wait to play Utah later...BYU's only rival.

catram
North Las Vegas, NV

Sweeet. Trust me, that Utah State team is very good. We were lucky to get a win tonight. Roll Cougs!!

JapanCougar
Apo, AP

Great win for the Y! We looked good, but need to try to get some more touches in the paint.
Utah State will be a very good team this year. I was really impressed with Tai Wesley. His brother was a great player for BYU.
Good luck Aggies, hope you win out the rest of the season.

AK Cougar
Palmer, AK

Way to go Cougars. Great game with USU and both teams played very well. Difference in this game and last years game was home court advantage. If it was in the Spectrum, likely a different outcome.

Tin Man
Layton, UT

First let me say that I fully acknowledge that free throws and offensive rebounds cost USU the game...but that was the worst call I've ever seen. The elbow call was weak, but the extra free throws? And BYU students, try and invent some of your own cheers...

Bottom Line
Draper, UT

This is a very good Utah State team with an inside and outside presence. This team will be a major factor in the WAC.

TrueBlue
Orem, UT

Tough, hard-fought game for both teams. Wesley needs to learn to not swing his elbows after a rebound. Lots of ticky-tack fouls called on both teams.

Utah State is going to have an excellent season.

The Aggies were fortunate that BYU shot so miserably from 3-point range.

It's too bad this game couldn't have been played a month later. Both teams are still working out a lot of the early season kinks.

Congrats Cougars!

A tough early season test passed.

tron527
Provo, UT

Was the referee a BYU alumni, probably not but you never know. The MWC already had to change one sport because of BYU this year :) Anything less than the sweet 16 from this team will be a major disappointment, they are really good.

Kyle loves BYU/Jazz
Provo, UT

Utah State plays a real tough, physical, half court style. Pretty much the antithesis of BYU, so it makes for a battle of wills whenever these two teams meet. It was a good game and the refs blew quite a few calls both ways. Not to mention the horrible announcers...Ugh please let the torture from the mtn end soon!!

Jimmer forced a few too many tonight. He started out hot but at least made some good passes in the second half. Hartsock was a beast. Great rebounding and blocks tonight.

Wesley plays hard and has great low post moves, but he did throw Jimmer to the ground in the first half and those elbows were up too high. Collinsworth is lucky he didn't got hit harder. I don't think he intentionally swung at Collinsworth, but Collinsworth wasn't really trying to tie him up, he was trying to get back on defense. There was no need for Welsey to try and clear space by swinging his elbows like that.

Either way I'm glad that Green kid finally missed and the Cougars pulled it out.

SportsFan
Orem, UT

Worst call you've ever seen?

Come on, Tin Man!

Wesley clearly swung his elbows and the rule is you don't even have to make contact in order to be whistled for a flagrant foul if you swing your elbows.

Every high school player knows that.

Fouls
BYU 22, one player disqualified, two with four
USU 23, one player disqualified, two with four

If it makes you feel better to blame the refs, knock yourself out. The truth is, the officiating dead even.

Proud to be American
West Jordan, UT

Sorry folks, but BYU again proves why they will not go anywhere this year. They cast up way too many three pointers, and their lack of discipline in their shot selection is unbelievable.

BYU will get through their standard NIT or first round NCAA calibur season with an over-hyped guard that chucks up terrible shots all over the place.

Mark my words on that.

PJ
Logan, UT

I was very surprised at the poor free throw shooting by Utah State, we're usually in the top 5 in the country in FT% but unfortunatly tonight they left 11 points on the line and in a six point game that was the difference. Cougars didn't beat USU, the Aggies beat themselves but we'll rebound Saturday. Go Aggies.

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, Utah

Despite the referees' best efforts, the Cougars won.

The game was a good, hard-fought game. But serious about the officating, what on earth were they doing? There were bad calls and no-calls everywhere for both teams (although I wouldn't hesitate to say the bad calls favoring USU outnumbered the ones favoring BYU about 4 to 1). USU was better than I thought. I would like to see better shooting by the Cougars. That wasn't their best.

PAC man
Anaheim, CA

Proud to be American

Leave the arm-chair quarterbacking and soothsaying to the pros. There's a reason you weren't on any of the half-dozen or so selection committees who named Jimmer pre-season, first team All American.

Check out the front cover of Sports Illustrated's College Basketball preview:

Sports Illustrated's All-America Team

Staff writer Seth Davis and SI.com senior writer Luke Winn combined to come up with their selections for the best starting five in the country.

G: Jimmer Fredette, Sr. BYU
G: Nolan Smith, Sr., Duke
G: Jacob Pullen, Sr., Kansas State
F: Harrison Barnes, Fr., North Carolina
F: Kyle Singler, Sr., Duke

The Aggies were just lucky that Jimmer was a little off tonight, or it would have been a double-digit win for the Cougars. Last year, Jimmer shot 44% from 3-point. Tonight he only shot 36%.

kat
Ogden, UT

Livehard
Speaking of not getting it - USU shut down the Y's shooting? How do you explain the score??
Wesley's elbows were above his shoulders, and were swung faster than the rotation of his body - read the rule, and watch the replay. The refs did for about two minutes!
What flavor is that Cache Valley Kool-?

Love the Game
American Fork, UT

Does BYU have any offensive sets that get shots for post guys? Why don't we take advantage of Abuo's huge body on mismatches inside? Our offense seems to be pass it to Jimmer until he is double or triple teamed and then when he passes it, which isn't often, we must get it back to him as soon as possible.

Come on coach. This won't win us the title this year.

Jimmer: Game 1 you played like an NBA point guard. Game 2, you looked like a gunner on the church ward ball team.

LOTR
Baltimore, MD

Live Hard

Quite obviously, Wesley's elbows weren't at his side or he wouldn't have been whistled for a flagrant foul for swinging his elbows.

Since when have you ever been objective about anything concerning BYU?

How about those Cowboys!

In Reserve
Sandy, UT

Three refs looked at the replay to determine if the foul was flagrant. One of the refs has worked a final four, another is one of the best in the MWC. Having determined that it was a flagrant, aren't they also in agreement with the original calll? They obviously believed they got it right. I'll live with it.

Outsideview
Federal Way, WA

Please try and avoid the BYU habit of predicting conference championships and deep runs into the NCAA. It just makes you sound arrogant and naieve.

I was impressed with the defense USU played on Fredett by doubling him up at the top of the key. teams did it some at the end of last year but I thought USU did it very well while still not furtint their other defensive assignments. BYU will need to play a lot better to win the conference.

By the way, what is up with Davis.

Oh, congratulation to Anderson. Great to see him contribute.

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