Jan. 23, 2010
MOSCOW, Idaho - Utah State's Stew Morrill achieved a coaching milestone here Saturday night as the Aggies defeated Idaho 60-48 to give Morrill his 500th career victory and become one of just 19 active coaches and just the 73rd coach in Division I history to record 500 career wins.
Among those 500 wins, Morrill has posted a 282-97 mark in 12 seasons at Utah State as he is the school's all-time winningest coach.
Senior guard Jared Quayle led Utah State with 16 points and seven rebounds in the game, to go along with two assists and two steals. Junior forward Tai Wesley added 11 points, six rebounds and four assists, while sophomore forward Brady Jardine had 10 points and six boards. Junior guard Pooh Williams finished with nine points and a season-high five assists, and junior guard Brian Green had eight points.
Kashif Watson was the only Idaho player to score in double-figures as he finished the game with 16 points.
Utah State broke open a close game early on in the second half as the Aggies went on a 15-2 run from the 17:54 mark to the 10:12 mark. During that stretch, USU went from up three at 37-34 to up 16 at 52-36 as its runs began with a layup from Jardine and ended with a jumper from Green. From there on, USU led by double-digits for the remainder of the game as the Vandals could get no closer than 12 points.
Utah State finished the game by shooting 50.0 percent overall (25-50), including 33.3 percent from three-point range (5-15) and 62.5 percent at the free throw line (5-8). Idaho shot just 33.3 percent for the game (16-48) and was just 4-of-22 (.182) from the field in the second-half. The Vandals were also just 2-of-14 (.143) from behind the arc in the game, but made 14-of-17 (.824) free throws to keep the game somewhat close.
Once again, Utah State continued its dominance on the boards as it out-rebounded the Vandals, 35-23. USU also had 14 assists and just 11 turnovers in the game.
Idaho scored the first two points of the game on a layup by Watson for its only lead of the game as Utah State scored the next six points. The Vandals did tie the game at seven-all and trailed by one at 11-10 with 13:21 to play in the half before USU scored nine straight points for its first double-digit lead of the game at 20-10 with 9:37 to play in the half. Idaho chipped away at the deficit and got within four points at 30-26 and went into the locker room down five at 35-30.
Quayle led Utah State with 10 first half points, while Williams had seven. USU shot 50.0 percent in the first half (15-30), including 37.5 percent from three-point range (3-8) and 66.7 percent at the free throw line (2-3). Idaho shot 46.2 percent in the first half (12-26), was 2-of-10 (.200) from three-point range and 4-of-5 (.800) at the free throw line.
Utah State will now take the week off before returning to action on Saturday, Jan. 30 when it hosts San Jose State at 7 p.m. inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The game will be televised live on CW30.
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