Utah St. defeats MSU-Northern 71-50

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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Gary Wilkinson scored 24 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds to help lead Utah State past Montana State-Northern 71-50.

Wilkinson scored 14 of his points in the first half to lead the Aggies (1-0) into the break with a 35-25 lead.

Utah State led by as many as 28 points late in the game, shooting 56 percent from the field in the second half. The Lights (6-1) only hit 33 percent from the field in the second half. They took 22 3-point shots in the game and only made eight.

Tai Wesley added 13 points for the Aggies, while Travis Noble went 7-of-12 from the field to lead the Lights with 18 points.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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