Aggies Run Over Roadrunners Saturday, 77-58
Dec. 11, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Double-doubles from senior forwards Nate Bendall and Tai Wesley led Utah State to a 77-58 rout over the Roadrunners from Cal State Bakersfield in a men's basketball game Saturday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
With the win, USU moved to 7-2 on the season, winning six of its last seven games and 19-straight home games overall dating back to last season. The Aggies have now won 71 of their last 73 home games, improving to 181-13 at home under head coach Stew Morrill. Utah State also improved to 6-0 all-time against Cal State Bakersfield, including 4-0 at home.
Bendall tallied a season-high 13 points while snaring a career-high 14 rebounds, for his first double-double of the season and fourth of his career. Wesley netted 16 points to go with 12 rebounds for his second-straight double-double of the year and 11th of his career. Senior guard Tyler Newbold tallied a season-high 18 points while fellow senior guard Pooh Williams added 12 points.
Junior forward Brady Jardine pulled down 11 rebounds for the third Aggie in double-digits rebounds, marking the first time that Utah State had three players in double-digit rebounds since 1998. USU had a dominating 55-27 rebounding advantage, including 19-5 on the offensive glass. The Aggies matched their offensive rebounds with second-chance points with a 19-6 edge in that department. The 55 rebounds is a season-high and the most under Morrill. Newbold and freshman guard James Walker III dished out four assists each, while Wesley and senior guard Brian Green distributed three helpers apiece.
Cal State Bakersfield was led by Rashard Savage's 14 points, the only double-digit scorer, as the Roadrunners had their two-game win streak halted, and lost for the third time in five games, evening their ledger at 5-5.
Utah State also improved to 5-0 this season when holding the opposition under 60 points, and USU has won 13 consecutive contests dating back to last season when doing so. Overall, the Aggies are 162-9 under Morrill when keeping the opponent under 60 points.
USU shot a palindromic 26-of-62 (41.9 percent) from the floor. The Aggies made just 1-of-8 (12.5 percent) of their three-pointers in the first half, but heated up to 4-of-8 (50.0 percent) in the second frame, finishing the night at 31.3 percent (5-of-16). USU also shot 64.5 percent (20-of-31) at the free throw line.
CSUB shot 24-of-61 (39.3 percent) field goal shooting, netting 5-of-12 (41.7 percent) behind the arc, as well as 5-of-11 (45.5 percent) at the charity stripe.
The Aggies pulled away from an 11-8 lead with a 10-0 run, started by a Wesley putback and capped by three makes from the free pitch stripe by Newbold for a 21-8 advantage at the 8:44 mark. The closest the Roadrunners got from there on out was 11, as Williams hit a runner in the lane in the waning seconds of the first half for the Aggies' first 20-point lead at 37-16.
A Newbold layup with 12:58 on the clock gave USU its largest lead of the night at 56-30. CSUB trimmed the deficit to 17 on two occasions, but didn't get any closer, as the Aggies coasted to the win.
Utah State takes on in-state foe Utah Valley on Saturday, Dec. 18 at Orem, Utah at 7 p.m. before hosting the World Vision Invitational, sponsored by Gossner Foods on Dec. 21-23. The four-team, three-day tournament has games at 5:30 and 8 p.m. each night, with USU playing at 8 p.m.
To purchase tickets, or for more Aggie basketball ticket information, fans can contact the USU Ticket Office at 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305, in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or on-line 24 hours a day at www.utahstateaggies.com under the "tickets" drop down menu.