Nov. 13, 2009
OGDEN, Utah - Utah State had four players score in double-figures led by junior guard Tyler Newbold's 15 points in its season-opening 66-60 win against Weber State here Friday night.
Utah State, who has now won 15 of its last 16 season openers, improved to 27-14 against in-state opponents under head coach Stew Morrill which includes a 9-2 record against Weber State.
Junior forward Nate Bendall had 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go along with five rebounds for Utah State, while senior guard Jared Quayle added 11 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Junior guard Brian Green finished the game with 10 points in his first career game at USU.
Damian Lillard scored a game-high 20 points to lead Weber State, while Franklin Session finished with 11 points and three steals.
Following a layup from Lillard to begin the game, Newbold scored back-to-back buckets for Utah State to give the visitors a lead it would never relinquish. Leading 24-21 late in the first-half, USU scored the final four points on a bucket by Quayle and a pair of free throws from Newbold to lead by seven at intermission.
Utah State had more turnovers (10) than field goals (9) in the first-half as it shot 40.9 percent overall (9-22). Weber State shot 30.0 percent in the first-half (9-30), including just 1-of-9 (.111) from behind the arc. Newbold led the Aggies with 10 first-half points, while Bendall and Quayle each had seven.
Utah State began the second-half on an 8-1 run to extend its lead to 36-23 following a baseline jumper from Green. USU extended its margin to 15 on a layup by Quayle with 12:29 to play and led by 10 at 59-49 with 1:39 remaining after Newbold hit his third three-pointer of the game from the left corner. Weber State then scored seven of the next eight points to cut the lead to four at 60-56 with :26 seconds to play, but USU's Green hit four straight free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
Utah State finished the game shooting 47.7 percent from the field (21-44), 33.3 percent from three-point range and 87.0 percent from the free throw line (20-23). Weber State shot just 33.3 percent overall (21-63), including just 10.0 percent from behind the arc (2-20). WSU did make 16-of-19 (.842) free throws. USU also had one more rebound (35-34) in the game, while the Wildcats had four more steals (7-3), three more assists (8-5) and six fewer turnovers (17-11).
Both teams had two players foul out in the game as a total of 45 fouls were called.
Utah State will return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 18 when it plays at Utah in a game that will be televised live on the Mtn. at 6 p.m.
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