Basketball Concludes Exhibition Schedule With Convincing Win Over California West All-Stars
Nov. 10, 2000
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's basketball team concluded its exhibition schedule with a convincing 82-55 win over the California West All-Stars tonight at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in front of 5,152 fans. The Aggies were a little sluggish in the first half and lead by only two points at the intermission before outscoring its opponent 48-23 in the second half to record the 27-point victory.
"I thought we played a lot better during the second half and I thought they ran out of gas, it was a combination of the two," commented Utah State head coach Stew Morrill. "It was encouraging to see us play with some emotion and energy in the second half. The one thing I like is that we have 11 players right now that we can put out there if someone is having a bad night. As a coach, that is what you would like to have."
Utah State never seemed to get its game on all cylinders in the first half, as USU trailed by three points early in the contest and never got ahead by more than five points before halftime. However, the second half was all Utah State as the Aggies quickly built a two-point halftime lead into a 18-point advantage at the 10:15 mark with a 25-9 run. USU continued to build that lead and finished the game with six straight points to push the margin to 27 as the game ended.
Utah State had four players score in double-figures led by senior forward Curtiss Bobb (Aurora, Colo.) who had 18 points and seven rebounds on 8-of-12 shooting. Junior guard Tony Brown (Hyrum, Utah) had 13 points, while seniors Shawn Daniels (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Bernard Rock (New York, N.Y.) had 10 points each. Daniels led all players with 11 rebounds in the game. Junior center Jeremy Vague (San Marcos, Calif.) had by far his best night as an Aggie with six points and five blocks in 19 minutes of action.
Overall, Utah State shot 51.5 percent from the field and held the California West All-Stars to 26.9 percent shooting. The Aggies had 22 more rebounds in the game and committed just nine fouls.
Utah State will open the 2000-01 season next Friday, Nov. 17, versus Santa Clara in the opening round of the Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska at 11 p.m. (MST). The other teams in the tournament include South Florida, Davidson, Colorado, Austin Peay, Jackson State, and Alaska-Fairbanks.