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Aggie forward Brady Jardine called it a "wild roller coaster ride."

Utah State head men's basketball coach Stew Morrill called it "a pretty special win."

Aggie guard Brian Green summed it up in one word, "crazy."

All would apply to the Aggies game at Hawaii late Saturday night. In a game that featured 19 lead changes and nine ties, USU emerged victorious over the Rainbow Warriors, 89-84. Oh, and it took two overtimes to decide a winner.

"It was a fight, and we knew it would be," Morrill said right after the game on KVNU 610. "It was hard all the way."

It was certainly an uphill battle at times as the Aggies' leading scorer was in foul trouble most of the game. However, Tai Wesley did play the final six-and-a-half minutes of regulation, all five minutes of the first overtime and nearly four minutes of the second OT before fouling out. When Wesley came back into the game with four fouls, he had two points. Wesley finished with 12 points, including the first three of the second overtime as he was 4-of-6 from the field and also the free throw line.

"Tai was in foul trouble; Brockeith (Pane) had a tough night making shots, but they both made big ones," Morrill said. "We just hung in there on the road."

Pane made just 2-of-11 shots, but made a driving layup with 30 seconds left in the second extra period that gave the Aggies the lead for good. Pane also made two free throws with 11.1 seconds left in the game and finished with 11 points and a game-best eight assists.

"This really was one of the funnest games I've been a part of," said Green, who came off the bench to lead the Aggies with 22 points. "So many guys made big plays."

And Green was certainly one of them. He made several big shots, including one to tie the game near the end of regulation, then hit a 3-pointer from NBA range late in the first overtime.

Those shots and others led USU (20-2, 9-0 Western Athletic Conference) to its 15th straight win and will most likely lead to a higher ranking this week. The Aggies were No. 25 in the ESPN/USA Today poll last week and was at No. 30 in The Associated Press poll. The Top 25 polls will be released around noon today.

Saturday night was the start of second half of WAC play for USU, who has at least a three-game lead in the loss column over the rest of the league. Morrill stressed to his team it needed to come out with energy, hit the boards and shot the ball better than the first meeting against Hawaii (12-9, 3-6), who came into the game Saturday on a three-game winning streak.

Scoring a season-high 89 points, the Aggies shot 45.2 percent from the field, which was about the same as the first meeting with the Rainbow Warriors, who shot 43.8 percent, which was considerably less than the 63.2 percent in Logan. USU won the rebound battle Saturday night, 38-36.

"I am pretty pleased," Morrill said. "I couldn't be more pleased."

The Aggies have now won 23 straight WAC games, adding to the league record. USU also reached 20 wins for the 12th consecutive season, extending the school record. The 20-2 mark is the third-best start to a season, trailing the 2003-04 and 2008-09 teams that began 25-2.

USU hosts Nevada (8-13, 5-3) Wednesday in another late contest. The game is set to begin at 9 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum and will be broadcast on ESPN2.

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