Basketball Opens Exhibition Season With A Win Over Global Sports
Nov. 4, 2000
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's basketball team opened the exhibition season on the right foot with a convincing 92-71 win over Global Sports Saturday at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum as four Aggies scored in double figures led by senior forward Shawn Daniels (Bakersfield, Calif.) who had a team-high 15 points.
"We are a long ways away from where we need to be defensively," commented USU head coach Stew Morrill. "I've never been worried about one of my teams scoring points, and this team has good enough players that we will score. But to be the kind of team these young men want to be, we have to defend. That's what we did last year and I thought we'd be further along than we are defensively."
Global Sports hung with the veteran Utah State team for the first six minutes of the game but USU went on a 27-12 run over the next nine minutes to open a 39-23 advantage. The Aggies then closed the first half with a 10-0 run over the final three minutes to build a 51-32 lead going into half-time. Daniels did most of his damage in the opening half with a team-high 11 points on five-of-six shooting to go along with four rebounds.
Utah State opened the second half with a 13-7 run to push the lead to 25 points at the 15:43 mark with a 64-39 advantage. Global Sports cut that lead to 14 with 11:30 remaining in the game at 69-55 before USU rebuilt the margin to 24 points over the next six mintues en route to the 21 point victory.
Sophomore transfer Toraino Johnson (El Paso, Texas) was very impressive in first game as an Aggie with 13 points on six-of-10 shooting from the field, while seniors Curtis Bobb (Aurora, Colo.) and Bernard Rock (New York, N.Y.) added 12 and 11 points each. Global Sports had three players score in double-figures led by Sharif Fajardo's 13 points.
As a team, Utah State shot 59.3 percent from the field on 39-of-59 shots, while Global Sports shot 42.9 percent. The Aggies also connected on 46.7 percent of its three-points as compared to just 18.2 percent for Global Sports. USU had a 46-21 advantage on the boards but committed seven more turnovers in the game than did its opponent.
Utah State will play its final exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 10 against the Southern California All-Stars at 7:05 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum before opening the season on Nov. 17 versus Santa Clara at the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska.