Dec. 23, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Senior guard Brian Green single-handedly out-scored Troy for a large portion of the game, finishing with a career-high 23 points and earning MVP honors to lead Utah State to an 80-39 trouncing of the Trojans Thursday in the final men's basketball action of the World Vision Invitational, sponsored by Gossner Foods at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Green hit 6-of-12 from three-point range and dished out a game-high five assists to collect MVP honors. He was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates senior guard Tyler Newbold and senior forward Tai Wesley, as well as Will Weathers of Troy, Matt Stainbrook of Western Michigan and Broderick Gilchrest of Idaho State.
Utah State won its sixth in a row improving to 11-2 on the season, winning the team invitational title with a 3-0 ledger, improving to 40-1 all-time in tournaments it hosts. Thursday was the Aggies' 22nd-consecutive home victory, and 74th in the last 76 home contests. Troy finished with a 1-2 record in the three days of action, sliding to 2-11 with the loss Thursday.
USU's defense yielded a season-low for the second night in three games, after holding Idaho State to 48 points Tuesday night. The 39 points is the fewest allowed since a 76-39 win over Fresno State last year. It marked the third-straight season that USU had held an opponent under 40 points in a game, with a 50-37 win at Louisiana Tech in 2009.
The Aggies held their opponents under 60 points for the sixth-consecutive contest Thursday, improving to 9-0 on the year when doing so. USU has now won 17 games in a row when holding the other team under 60 points.
The 80 points hung on the scoreboard by the Aggies is their second-highest of the season behind 81 in an 81-53 win over Long Beach State on Dec. 7.
Newbold tallied 10 points to go with a season-high seven rebounds, while junior guard Brockeith Pane posted 10 points. Wesley was one point from a double-double, finishing with 12 rebounds and nine points. Junior forward Brady Jardine snared nine rebounds, helping USU to a dominating, 55-32, rebounding advantage, including 15 on the offensive glass which led to a 24-1 second-chance points scoring. The Aggie bench out-scored its counterparts, 41-11.
Troy was led by Levan Patsatsia's nine points, while Regis Huddleston added eight points and Tim Owens tallied a team-high nine rebounds.
Utah State shot 28-of-62 (45.2 percent) from the field. Green made half of the Aggies' three-pointers, as USU was 12-of-33 (36.4 percent) behind the arc, season-highs for treys made and attempted as well as the second-most three-pointers attempted in school history. The Aggies were 12-of-16 (75.0 percent) at the free throw line.
Troy hit just 19.7 percent (12-of-61) of their field goals, netting 5-of-26 (19.2 percent) from three-point range, cooling off after hitting 13 and eight the previous two nights. The Trojans ended the game at 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) from the free pitch stripe.
Two three-pointers by Green jump-started USU to a 20-3 lead with 8:32 left, and another trey from Green gave the Aggies their first 20-point lead of the night at 28-8 at the 6:05 mark. A dunk by Jardine with 40 seconds left gave USU a 40-13 lead at halftime, with Green having a 15-13 scoring advantage over Troy.
Pane hit a trey just 22 seconds into the second half to put USU ahead by 30 at 43-13, and Green topped his previous career-high of 19 points with a three-pointer with his 20th point of the night for a 61-20 Aggie lead, their first 40-point lead. Green drained his 23rd point on his sixth and final three-pointer at the 9:00 mark for a 70-22 lead and single-handedly out-scoring Troy, 23-22. The 48-point lead would be the Aggies' largest of the night as they coasted to the victory.
Utah State opens defense of its three-straight Western Athletic Conference titles by starting league action on Wednesday, Dec. 29, hosting Hawai'i, and then San Jose State on Friday, Dec. 31. Both games start at 7 p.m.
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