Dec. 22, 2009
LOGAN, Utah - Four starters in double-digits paced Utah State to an 83-60 trouncing of the Titans from Cal State Fullerton Tuesday at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in the second day of action of the Basketball Travelers Invitational sponsored by Gossner Foods.
Eleven different Aggie players scored, led by junior forward Tai Wesley's 13 points, while senior guard Jared Quayle, junior guard Pooh Williams and junior forward Nate Bendall all netted 12 points each. It was Quayle's first double-digit scoring outing in his last four games, highlighted by three three-pointers.
With the win, USU moves to 2-0 in Invitational play, setting up a match-up of the two 2-0 teams with Weber State on Wednesday night at 8:05 p.m. (MT).
Cal State Fullerton was led by Orane Chin's 15 points while Eric Williams added 10 points off the bench for the Titans, who dropped to 0-2 in the Invitational and 4-5 overall. The Titans will take on Morehead State, also at 0-2 in the Invitational, on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. (MT).
The win improves Utah State to 36-1 all-time in tournaments it hosts, moving to 5-0 in the Basketball Travelers Invitational, 26-0 in the Gossner Foods Holiday Classic (1994-2007) and 5-1 in the Big Blue Classic (1971-72, 1982).
Tuesday's win was the Aggies' 22nd straight win over the Titans at home, improving to 25-2 all-time in defending their home court. Overall, USU now leads the series with CSF, 40-17, winning 23 of the last 26 games played in the series. The Aggies are now 105-27 vs. teams from the state of California during the last 11 years, including 60-6 at home.
A Wesley jumper and back-to-back three-pointers by Quayle and Williams gave the Aggies a quick 8-0 start in the first 3:18 of the game and USU later led 17-3 on a jumper by junior guard Tyler Newbold at the 14:11 mark. USU's lead hit 20 for the first time of the night at 27-7 with 10:31 on the clock after a three-pointer by junior guard Brian Green.
Cal State Fullerton cut the gap to 37-26 on a Chin trey with 3:57 to go in the half, but that would be the closest the Titans would get as the Aggies led 44-30 at halftime and had at least a 20-point advantage during the final nine minutes of the game. USU's biggest lead of the night was 25 at 77-52 with 4:42 remaining after layup by Green on a give-and-go with sophomore center Modou Niang.
Williams dished out a game and career-high tying six assists, while Quayle and Newbold logged four each, part of USU's 24 helpers on the night, two shy of its season-high.
Wesley snared a game-high seven rebounds, helping the Aggies to a 35-27 rebounding advantage.
USU shot 56.9 percent (29-of-51) from the floor, hitting 60.0 percent (9-of-15) from three-point range. The Aggies were 16-of-22 (72.7 percent) at the free throw line.
CSF made 35.8 percent (19-of-53) of its shots, hitting 7-of-19 (36.8 percent) behind the arc as well as 78.9 percent (15-of-19) from the free pitch stripe.
Wednesday's schedule pits Morehead State against Cal State Fullerton at 5:30 p.m. (MT) before Weber State and Utah State close out the Invitational at 8:05 p.m. (MT).
For Basketball Travelers Invitational sponsored by Gossner Foods 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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