Dec. 12, 2009
LOGAN, Utah - Five players in double-figures led Utah State to one of its many season highs set Saturday night as the Aggies whipped the Wolverines of Utah Valley, 87-56, in men's basketball action at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
USU also hit a season-high 57.1 percent (31-of-52) from the field, including a season-best 13 three-pointers and a season-high 62.5 percent behind the arc (13-of-21). The 13 three-pointers are tied for the second-most in school history, behind the USU record of 20 set in 2006. Utah State also scored 48 points in the first half, the most points scored in a half this season.
The Aggies improve to 5-3 overall, while the Wolverines are now 4-5, with USU improving to 5-0 all-time vs. UVU, including 3-0 in Logan. Saturday's 31-point margin was USU's largest in the series, topping the previous mark of 22 at 87-65 in UVU's last visit to the Spectrum on Dec. 20, 2007.
Junior guard Pooh Williams led the Aggies with 15 points, his second-straight game with 15 points, tying a career-high with three three-pointers. Senior guard Jared Quayle netted 13 points, matched by junior guard Brian Green, who set a new career-high, including hitting three shots from behind the arc. Junior forward Nate Bendall tossed in 12 points, tallying nine in the first half, while junior guard Tyler Newbold notched 11, also hitting three treys.
UVU was led by Corey Claitt's game-high 22 points, including 13 in the first half. Claitt scored 11 of those in the final 1:16 of the first stanza, pulling the Wolverines within 48-29 at the break. UVU reeled off 14 unanswered after a Williams dunk gave the Aggies a 48-15 advantage with two minutes to play in the first half.
The Wolverines scored the first bucket of the second half to close to 48-31, but back-to-back three-pointers by Williams and Quayle righted the ship for the Aggies to go ahead 54-31. The closest that Wolverines got from there on out was 21 at 72-51 with 7:17 left in the game, before a trey from Williams started an 11-0 run for USU and the Aggies coasted to the victory, getting some reserves some quality minutes. Freshman forward Tyrone White netted his first field goal as an Aggie.
The win was Utah State's 20th-straight home victory over in-state competition, improving to 22-1 at home against Beehive State teams under head coach Stew Morrill. Overall, the Aggies have won 22 of their last 28 vs. in-state opponents and improves to 29-10 against the state of Utah during the last nine years.
Utah Valley finished the night 20-of-45 (44.4 percent) from the field, hitting an identical 44.4 percent (8-of-18) from three-point range. The Wolverines were 8-of-13 (61.5 percent) at the free throw line.
The Aggies were 12-of-14 (85.7 percent) at the charity stripe. Utah State out-rebounded UVU, 31-19, including nine on the offensive glass, which led to an 11-0 second-chance points advantage. USU forced 16 turnovers, while committing 12 miscues. The Aggies also dished out 21 assists, as well as tallying six steals and three blocked shots, including two by sophomore forward Brady Jardine.
The Wolverines had nine assists, seven steals and no blocked shots. Utah State hits the road for its next two games, playing at Cal State Bakersfield on Wednesday, Dec. 16 and at Long Beach State on Friday, Dec. 18. Both games tip-off at 8 p.m. (MT).
The Aggies return to the friendly confines of the Spectrum for the Basketball Travelers Invitational sponsored by Gossner Foods, opening on Monday, Dec. 21 against Morehead State at 8 p.m. (MT), capping a triple-header that starts with the USU women's game vs. Weber State at 2 p.m.
For Utah State men's and women's basketball ticket information, contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305, or online 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on the "buy/renew tickets" under the "tickets" drop down menu.
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