UTAH STATE AGGIES

USU’s Porter Caps Off Big Week With Buzzer Beater

Jan 31, 2019, 3:45 PM | Updated: 3:49 pm

LOGAN, Utah – Due to all the repetition of shooting the ball throughout his career, Utah State’s Abel Porter described an instinctive mindset when talking about his dramatic game winner at New Mexico.

“Your brain’s just blank, you don’t have anything in your head and you just hope it goes in,” said Porter a few days later. “That’s why you put in all the work, that’s why you shoot all the shots, so that when you need to shoot it without thinking, you can.”

One thing he definitely wasn’t thinking about during the shot: having to pay his own way to be on the team.

A walk-on just days before making the play of the day in the Aggies’ 68-66 victory, Porter was rewarded by head coach Craig Smith with a scholarship on the Thursday before the matchup with the Lobos on Saturday.

“He’s paid his dues,” Aggies coach Craig Smith said to the Associated Press after the win. “And he just got a scholarship this week. Isn’t that crazy? So it’s been a big week for Abel Porter.”

Days later, talking to KSL Sports’ Jeremiah Jensen about the shot, Porter was still buzzing after capping off the most exciting week in of his playing career.

“I mean it was just great, that’s what you work for as an athlete as a walk-on,” said Porter. “So just to kind of see the work kind of pay off, it was good.”

It wasn’t Porter’s first buzzer beater, however. As a star at Davis High, Porter nailed a desperation shot at the buzzer to down Olympus back in 2013.

As for which shot he prefers, it’s an easy choice.

“The Pit, by far,” laughed Porter. “That high school one was lucky, I like to think that this one was a little more skilled.”

 

 

  • Utah State Aggies Scoreboard

  • Utah State Aggies Team Leaders

  • Utah State Aggies Standings

Utah State Aggies

Dee Glen Smith Spectrum...
Brian Preece

Utah State Must Take Care Of Business At Home For NCAA Tournament Birth

Sitting at 17-5 and fifth in the Mountain West conference, the Aggies are well positioned to make a run over their final nine games.
3 days ago
utah state forward dan akin...
Brian Preece

Dan Akin Leads Utah State To Gigantic Road Win At Fresno State

Dan Akin came off the bench to score 23 points, leading the Aggies to a 70-53 win over Fresno State in his best game of the season.
5 days ago
Red Rocks - 2022 Pac-12 Champions...
Michelle Bodkin

Understanding College Gymnastics Wins/Losses, Ranking System

Here we explain NQS (National Qualifying Score) versus traditional wins and losses and how they are used to rank college gymnastics teams.
6 days ago
Utah State T&F Devin Pancake...
Brian Preece

Devin Pancake, Krysthina Vlahovic Take Home Weekly Award For Utah StateTrack & Field

A pair of Aggie athletes earned Mountain West recognition for their performance and the Mark Colligan Memorial Meet last weekend.
7 days ago
Steven Ashworth - Utah State Aggies - Air Force Falcons...
Brian Preece

Utah State Prepares For Fresno State As Road Woes Mount

Utah State head coach Ryan Odom looked on as San Diego State dribbled out the final 12 seconds of the Aggies third straight road loss.
7 days ago
RJ Eytle-Rock - Utah State Aggies...
Brian Preece

Second Half Comeback Falls Short, Utah State’s Road Struggles Continue

Utah State made a game of it late, but the Aztecs controlled much of the game in an 85-75 win that leaves USU searching for road answers.
8 days ago

Sponsored Articles

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.
Jordan-Clarkson-Utah-Jazz...
KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.
Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.
ksl sports logos...
KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.
jimmy-buffett-tour-art...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.
Iron Maiden tour...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden returns to Utah in 2022 with The Legacy of the Beast tour.
USU’s Porter Caps Off Big Week With Buzzer Beater