Dec. 16, 2009
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Tai Wesley scored a game-high 15 points to go along with a season-high 10 rebounds to lead Utah State to an easy 68-51 road win here against Cal State Bakersfield Wednesday night.
Utah State, who has won five of its last six games, improves to 6-3 on the season with the win and 5-0 all-time against the Roadrunners. Cal State Bakersfield drops to 1-7 overall with the loss.
Wesley, a junior forward from Provo, Utah (Provo HS) posted his first double-double of the season and seventh of his career against the Roadrunners, while junior guard Tyler Newbold (Payson, Utah) scored 13 points to go along with a season-high five rebounds as the duo was 12-of-22 from the field (.545). The rest of the team was 15-of-42 (.357) shooting.
Stephon Carter had 11 points to lead Cal State Bakersfield, while Trent Blakley finished with 10 points and Santwon Latunde had 10 rebounds.
Trailing 9-7 early on, Utah State went on a 27-2 run over a 12:28 stretch, which included a 17-0 run, to take a commanding 34-11 lead before Cal State Bakersfield finished the half by scoring the final six points to make the score 34-17 at the break.
Newbold had 11 first-half points to lead Utah State as the Aggies shot 44.1 percent from the field (15-34). Cal State Bakersfield shot 40.0 percent (6-15) during the first 20 minutes and committed nine turnovers as compared to just one for USU.
Cal State Bakersfield cut the Aggie led to 14 at 36-22 on a three-pointer by Blakley with 17:46 remaining before USU answered with a 14-0 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 50-22 with 13:07 to play following a layup by sophomore forward Brady Jardine (Twin Falls, Idaho). Jardine finished the game with a season-high six points to go along with seven rebounds as he took two charges on the night and recorded his first dunk of the season.
Utah State finished the game by shooting 42.2 percent from the field (27-64), 35.3 percent from three-point range (6-17) and 72.7 percent from the free throw line (8-11). Cal State Bakersfield was 17-of-39 from the field (.436), 4-of-10 from behind the arc (.400) and 13-of-21 at the charity stripe (.619). USU also had a 34-29 advantage on the boards and committed a season-low five turnovers.
Utah State will conclude its two-game California road trip at Long Beach State (5-4) on Friday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. (MT).
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