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No. 21 Utah St. struggles to extend win streak to 19

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MOSCOW, Idaho (AP)

Gary Wilkinson had 18 points and 10 rebounds and No. 21 Utah State escaped with a 62-53 victory over Idaho on Thursday night to extend the nation's longest winning streak to 19 games. Jared Quayle added 12 points for the Aggies (24-1, 12-0), who clinched at least a share of their second straight Western Athletic Conference title. Mac Hopson scored 17 points to lead Idaho (10-13, 4-6), which was done in by poor rebounding as it sought to beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 1982. The Vandals were outrebounded 40-21. Utah State led 24-22 after a first half in which both teams had shooting woes. Then both teams started making shots, but could not separate. Tyler Newbold's 3-pointer gave Utah State a 35-30 lead with 14:44 left and 3-pointers by Jaxon Myaer and Stavon Williams gave the Aggies a 41-36 lead with 12 minutes left. After Idaho tied it at 44 on Marvin Jefferson's basket, Williams' 3-pointer gave the Aggies the lead for good. Quayle made consecutive baskets to give Utah State a 52-46 lead with 4 minutes left. But Luciano de Souza replied with his third 3-pointer for Idaho. Wilkinson's 3-pointer with just under 2 minutes left gave Utah State a 55-49 lead, and the Vandals were forced to foul. Idaho is coached by Don Verlin, in his first season after spending the past decade as an assistant at Utah State. Idaho has lost nine straight to Utah State. The Aggies tied their team record of 19 straight wins, set in 1999-2000, and are tied with Oklahoma for most wins in the nation. Utah State has won 16 consecutive WAC games dating to last season. Utah State, which leads the nation in shooting percentage at .506, shot just 40 percent in the game, but were 7-of-16 on 3-pointers. Idaho shot just 36 percent with Hopson going 3-of-13. De Souza finished with 11 points. Utah State's only loss was to Brigham Young on Dec. 6
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