Dec. 27, 2009
LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - DECEMBER 27, 2009
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
Tues., Dec. 29 --- WESTERN OREGON, 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 2 --- at New Mexico State, 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Utah State (9-4, 0-0) will host Division II Western Oregon (6-2) on Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m., before beginning Western Athletic Conference play at New Mexico State (6-6, 0-0) on Saturday, Jan. 2 at 9 p.m., in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPNU. USU is 32-25 all-time against NMSU, which includes a 9-17 road record, and will be playing WOU for the first-time ever.
W, 79-72 --- MOREHEAD STATE
W, 83-60 --- CAL STATE FULLERTON
W, 85-73 --- WEBER STATE
Utah State went 3-0 last week as it defeated Morehead State (79-72), Cal State Fullerton (83-60) and Weber State (85-73) to win its own Basketball Travelers Invitational. Against the Eagles, junior forward Tai Wesley had 18 points and eight rebounds, while fellow junior forward Nate Bendall had 18 points, a career-high five blocks and four rebounds. Junior guard Tyler Newbold also scored in double-figures for USU as he tied his season-high with 15 points, and added four rebounds and four assists. The Aggies shot 56.5 percent (26-46) from the field, netting half of their three-pointers (6-12), to go with 70.0 percent (21-30) at the free throw line. The Eagles hit 50.9 percent (29-57) of their shots, including 66.7 percent (20-30) in the second half, as well as 5-of-15 (.333) behind the arc. MSU was 9-of-11 (.818) at the charity stripe. Against the Titans, Wesley had 13 points and seven rebounds to go along with a season-high three blocks, while Bendall had 12 points and six boards. Senior guard Jared Quayle added 12 points, five rebounds and four assists, and junior guard Pooh Williams had 12 points and a season-high six assists. USU shot 56.9 percent (29-51) from the floor, hitting 60.0 percent (9-15) from three-point range. The Aggies were 16-of-22 (.727) at the free throw line. CSF made 35.8 percent (19-53) of its shots, hitting 7-of-19 (.368) behind the arc as well as 78.9 percent (15-19) from the free pitch stripe. Against the Wildcats, Wesley had 19 points, eight rebounds and a season-high six assists, while Quayle scored 16 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists, and sophomore center Modou Niang had career-highs with 13 points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench. Utah State ended the night making exactly half of its shots (29-58), hitting 5-of-13 (.385) from three-point range. The Aggies, who entered the week leading the nation in free throw percentage, made 22-of-27 (.815) at the charity stripe. Weber State was 21-of-46 (.457) from the field, as well as 11-of-25 (.440) behind the arc and 20-of-28 (.714) at the charity stripe. Wesley was named the tournament MVP and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Quayle and Williams, along with Weber State's Lillard and Bullinger, in addition to Morehead State's Maze Stallworth and Kenneth Faried.
Contact: Kara Fisher - (435) 797-1361
Thur, Dec. 31 --- UTAH VALLEY, 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 2 --- UNLV, 2 p.m.
Utah State (6-5) will play a pair of home games this week as it hosts Utah Valley (3-10) on Thursday, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m., and UNLV (6-6) on Saturday, Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. USU is 2-3 all-time against the Wolverines and 1-13 all-time against the Lady Rebels.
W, 72-51 --- WEBER STATE
W, 53-44 --- at Southern Utah
Utah State went 2-0 last week as it defeated Weber State (72-51) at home and Southern Utah (53-44) on the road. Against the Wildcats, senior guard Tahara Williams scored a career-high 15 points, while senior center Lydia Whitehead had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Alice Coddington also scored in double-figures for USU as she had 13 points to go along with a school-record 13 steals, one shy of the NCAA record. For the game, USU shot 51.0 percent from the field (26-51), 33.3 percent from the three-point line (3-9) and 70.8 percent from the free throw line (17-24). Weber State shot 44.2 percent from the field (19-43) and 45.5 percent from three (5-11). The Wildcats shot 72.7 percent from the free throw line (8-11). Against the Thunderbirds, junior guard Amber White had 11 points. For the game, USU shot 47.9 percent from the field (23-48) and 38.5 percent from three (5-13). Utah State shot 40 percent from the free throw line (2-5). The Thunderbirds shot 31.6 percent from the field (18-57) and 23.1 percent from three (3-13). SUU shot 62.5 from the free throw line (5-8).
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