Dec. 13, 2009
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - DECEMBER 13, 2009
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Wed., Dec. 16 --- at Cal State Bakersfield, 8 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 18 --- at Long Beach State, 8 p.m.
Utah State (5-3) will travel to California this week for a pair of road games at Cal State Bakersfield (1-6) on Wednesday, Dec. 16 and at Long Beach State (5-4) on Friday, Dec. 18 with both games beginning at 8 p.m. (MT). USU is 4-0 all-time against the Roadrunners and 32-21 all-time against the 49ers.
W, 87-56 --- UTAH VALLEY
Five players in double-figures led Utah State to one of its many season highs set Saturday night as the Aggies whipped the Wolverines of Utah Valley, 87-56. USU hit a season-high 57.1 percent (31-of-52) from the field, including a season-best 13 three-pointers and a season-high 62.5 percent behind the arc (13-of-21). The 13 three-pointers are tied for the second-most in school history, behind the USU record of 20 set in 2006. Utah State also scored 48 points in the first half, the most points scored in a half this season. Junior guard Pooh Williams led the Aggies with 15 points, his second-straight game with 15 points, tying a career-high with three three-pointers. Senior guard Jared Quayle netted 13 points, matched by junior guard Brian Green, who set a new career-high, including hitting three shots from behind the arc. Junior forward Nate Bendall tossed in 12 points, tallying nine in the first half, while junior guard Tyler Newbold notched 11, also hitting three treys. UVU reeled off 14 unanswered after a Williams dunk gave the Aggies a 48-15 advantage with two minutes to play in the first half. The Wolverines scored the first bucket of the second half to close to 48-31, but back-to-back three-pointers by Williams and Quayle righted the ship for the Aggies to go ahead 54-31. The closest the Wolverines got from there on out was 21 at 72-51 with 7:17 left in the game, before a trey from Williams started an 11-0 run for USU and the Aggies coasted to the victory. Utah Valley finished the night 20-of-45 (44.4 percent) from the field, hitting an identical 44.4 percent (8-of-18) from three-point range. The Wolverines were 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) at the free throw line. The Aggies were 12-of-14 (85.7 percent) at the charity stripe. Utah State out-rebounded UVU, 31-19, including nine on the offensive glass, which led to an 11-0 second-chance points advantage. USU forced 16 turnovers, while committing 12 miscues. The Aggies also dished out 21 assists, as well as tallying six steals and three blocked shots, including two by sophomore forward Brady Jardine. The Wolverines had nine assists, seven steals and no blocked shots.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Mon, Dec. 14 --- NORTH DAKOTA STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat, Dec. 19 --- BRIGHAM YOUNG, 5 p.m.
Utah State (3-4) will play two home games this week as it hosts North Dakota State (5-4) on Monday, Dec. 14 at Noon, followed by a game against Brigham Young (6-3) on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. The game against the Cougars will be televised live on CW30. USU is 3-26 all-time against BYU and will be playing NDSU for the first time ever.
L, 58-63 --- at Idaho State
For the second-straight game, Utah State dropped a hard-fought contest with Idaho State, losing in Pocatello on Saturday, 63-58. Utah State was led by junior guard LaCale Pringle-Buchanan who scored 14 points for the second-straight game. Junior guard Amber White also scored 14 points, while freshman guard Trisha Jo Goddard added nine points in the loss. In the first half, USU was led by Pringle-Buchanan's eight points, while Goddard scored seven. On the boards, the Aggies were led by Goddard's four rebounds. Senior forward Nicole Johnson had two blocks in the first half. In the second half, USU took an eight-point lead, 38-30, after five-straight points from White and a three pointer from junior guard Alice Coddington. White came in alive in the second half after getting in to early foul trouble in the first half as she scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half. Utah State dominated in points in the paint out-scoring Idaho State, 24-16, while the Bengals out-scored the Aggies, 21-14, in points off of turnovers. For the game, USU shot 42.9 percent from the field (21-49) and a season-high 53.8 percent from the three-point line (7-13). The Aggies also shot a season-high 75.0 percent from the free throw line (9-12). Idaho State shot 41.7 percent from the field (20-48) and 50.0 percent from the three-point line (7-14). ISU ended the game shooting 80.0 percent from the free throw line, making 16-of-20.
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