Bovine Blog: Great Osobor Showing Maturity During 15-Game Winning Streak

Jan 13, 2024, 4:46 PM | Updated: Jan 22, 2024, 2:21 pm

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Few things in life are truly unexplainable. Stonehenge, the Bermuda Triangle, and D.B. Cooper come close, but science and time have a way of solving most mysteries.

You can add Utah State’s come-from-behind 87-86 win over UNLV to the list of strange-but-true occurrences that are almost too good to believe.

“What an unbelievable college basketball game,” Danny Sprinkle said after the final horn. “That was a grit win. A culture win, a program win, you name it.”

RELATED: USU Comes Up Aces In Las Vegas, Survive UNLV Upset Bid

Utah State hadn’t led all afternoon, falling behind by as many as 13. UNLV held a four-point lead, usually considered a two-possession game, with 14 seconds on the clock when the Aggies went on offense for the final time.

The always-steady Darius Brown II hit a contested three while Osobor drew a loose-ball foul going for the rebound.

RELATED: Osobor Named MW POTW After Leading USU To Top-25 Win

“You’re built for this,” USU wing Great Osobor said his head coach told him in the huddle. “Yes, I am,” the reigning Mountain West Player of the week responded before hitting two of the biggest free throws in his career.

After a frantic UNLV final shot caromed off the back-iron, USU had won its 15th-straight game, this one in thrilling fashion.

“When you have a team that is connected, stays together, and believes in one another. We just wait and fight for your brothers. I feel like we have a good chance in all our games,” Osobor said.

Osobor finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds, making 12-of-13 free throws as USU shot 23-of-25 from the charity stripe. After contributing just four points and three boards at the half, the England native showed a renewed energy in the second half.

“I made it a point to forget about the score, forget about everything else. Just go out and have fun playing with energy… I had fun that second half.”

Sprinkle had nothing but praise for Osobor’s growth over the years as the pair spent two years together at Montana State before heading to Logan.

“A year ago, two years ago, I don’t know if would have done that,” Sprinkle commented. “He’s really grown physically, spiritually, and mentally.”

Following USU With KSL Sports Zone

Utah State travels to the Land of Enchantment for a matchup with the New Mexico Lobos (13-3, 1-2) at The Pit on Tuesday, January 16. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. (MT). USU is 27-9 all-time against the Lobos, including a 10-6 record in The Pit. The Aggies have won the past six games in the series.

Listen to USU basketball games on KSL Sports Zone with Scott Garrard on the call.

Find KSL Sports coverage of Utah State University Athletics here.

Take us with you, wherever you go.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, and video and stay updated on all your favorite teams.

Brian Preece is a KSLsports.com insider covering the Utah State Aggies and Salt Lake Bees. Follow Brian’s coverage of the Bees, Big League Utah, and Aggie athletics here.

  • Utah State Aggies Scoreboard

  • Utah State Aggies Team Leaders

  • Utah State Aggies Standings

Utah State Aggies

Dee Glen Smith Spectrum...

Brian Preece

No. 22 Utah State Shows Depth In Wire-To-Wire Win Over Air Force

With Osobor surrounded by Falcons defenders all night, USU turned to its stable of depth and experience to pay the rent in a 72-60 win.

8 hours ago


Brian Preece

Mountain West Announces 2024 Utah State Aggies Football Schedule

Utah State, in conjunction with the Mountain West, released its 2024 conference schedule on Thursday, February 29.

2 days ago

utah state basketball...

Brian Preece

Bovine Blog: Previewing Air Force Falcons At No. 22 Utah State Aggies

The No. 22 Aggies look to complete the season-series sweep of Air Force on Friday, March 1, at the Spectrum. Tip-off is at 9 p.m. MT.

3 days ago

darius brown II utah state...

Brian Preece

Bovine Blog: ‘Confident’ Darius Brown II Sets Tone For No. 22 Utah State

When its back is against a wall, No. 22 Utah State leans on Darius Brown II to put his team in a position to win games.

3 days ago

utah state darius brown II...

Brian Preece

Darius Brown II Lifts No. 22 Utah State To Ragged Win Over Fresno State

Nothing comes easy on the road in the Mountain West as Utah State needed overtime to survive upset-minded Fresno State.

3 days ago

utah state basketball great osobor...

Brian Preece

Bovine Blog: Great Osobor Named To Pair Of Postseason Watch Lists

Good. Great. Grand. Wonderful! The list of superlatives continues to grow for Utah State junior wing Great Osobor in his first season as an Aggie.

4 days ago

Sponsored Articles


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.


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

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.


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.

Bovine Blog: Great Osobor Showing Maturity During 15-Game Winning Streak