Feb. 4, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Junior guard Brian Green's 16 points, hitting four three-pointers, led Utah State to an 80-62 rout of Idaho Wednesday night in a nationally televised game on ESPN2 from the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
The win was USU's seventh in a row, improving to 17-7 overall and 7-2 in Western Athletic Conference action, taking over sole possession of the top perch in the league standings. The Aggies have won 11 of their last 13 outings. Idaho had its two-game win streak snapped and have lost seven of its last nine in falling to 10-11 overall and 2-7 in WAC play.
The Aggies were victorious over the Vandals for the 11th meeting in a row, taking a 32-12 series lead, including 14-1 in Logan.
Green, who made his first five shots from the field and all four of his three-pointers, was one of five Aggies in double-figures, marking the third time this season that USU has done so, winning all three times. Junior forwards Nate Bendall and Tai Wesley added 14 and 13 points, respectively, as Wesley tallied 11 points after halftime. The guard tandem of Jared Quayle and Pooh Williams netted 11 points each, with Williams hitting three treys and dishing out a career-high tying six assists while Quayle had five helpers.
Idaho was led by Marvin Jefferson's game and career-high 17 points while Kyle Barone added 14 points off the bench. Kashif Watson chipped in with 11 points. Steffan Johnson distributed six assists while Watson doled out five.
Sophomore forward Brady Jardine pulled down a season-high tying eight rebounds to go with his nine points, while Wesley added five boards, helping USU to a 34-23 rebounding advantage. The Aggies had 11 offensive rebounds to the Vandals' 10, but USU had a 20-7 second-chance points advantage.
Utah State scorched the nets in the first half to the tune of 68.2 percent (15-of-22), hitting 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) from three-point range in the opening stanza. The Aggies finished the night hitting half of their shots behind the arc (8-of-16) and ending 28-of-49 (57.1 percent) from the floor, marking the 10th time that USU has shot 50.0 percent or better field goal shooting, improving to 10-0 when doing so.
Idaho was just 36.0 percent (9-of-25) from the field before halftime, missing all five of its three-pointers, before hitting 4-of-8 behind the arc in the second half, finishing at 4-of-13 (30.8 percent). The Vandals made 18-of-30 (60.0 percent) from the field after the break to end the night at 27-of-55 (49.1 percent).
Utah State was 16-of-19 (84.2 percent) at the free throw line while Idaho was 4-of-10 (40.0 percent), marking the seventh time this season that the Aggies have made more at the free pitch stripe than their opponents have attempted, winning on all seven occasions.
The game's only two ties came at 2-2 and 4-4 before USU opened up a 24-11 lead with 9:10 on the clock, after Green scored 10-straight points, with a pair of free throws followed by back-to-back three-pointers from the right wing and a 15-foot jumper.
Utah State's lead grew to 25 at 38-13 on a Quayle trey at the 2:25 mark, capping a 14-0 Aggie streak, and USU took a 40-21 lead into halftime, Idaho's largest intermission deficit this season. Utah State is now 15-2 this season and 223-23 over the last 11 years when leading at the break.
After USU took a 47-23 lead, the Vandals chopped the deficit down to 49-35 with 14:43 on the clock after a 13-2 spurt, capped by a three-pointer from Luciano de Souza. Green regained momentum for the Aggies with a three-pointer from the left wing and the Vandals never got any closer. Wesley gave USU its largest lead of the night at 28 on two different occasions, both of which resulted in old-fashioned three-point plays, and the Aggies coasted to the victory.
Utah State welcomes Nevada to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Saturday, Feb. 6 in another nationally-televised game, this time on ESPNU in an 8 p.m. start.
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