Dec. 29, 2009
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State out-scored Western Oregon 32-12 in the second half, as the Aggies walloped the Wolves, 78-42, Tuesday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Junior guard Tyler Newbold logged his first career double-double with 11 points and a career and game-high 11 rebounds.
A 20-2 Aggie run overlapping halftime pushed USU from a 36-28 lead to a 56-30 cushion, as Utah State coasted to its fourth-straight win, improving to 10-4 overall. The Aggies collected their sixth victory in the last seven outings. Western Oregon slid to 6-3 on the season as the Wolves were playing just their second road game of the season and third game away from home.
Tuesday was the first-ever meeting between USU and WOU.
The 12 points yielded by the Aggie defense was the lowest of the season and fewest since Dec. 9, 2000 when Montana Tech scored 10, while the 42 points allowed for the game was Utah State's lowest of the season. The Aggies improved to 5-0 this season and 144-11 under Coach Morrill when holding their opponents under 60 points.
USU's 36-point margin of victory was its second-biggest this season behind the 40-point rout of Southern Utah on Nov. 28 (89-49).
Newbold was one of four Aggies in double-figures, joined by senior guard Jared Quayle's game-leading 18 points, hitting all four of this three-pointers. Junior forward Tai Wesley tallied 14 points and sophomore forward Brady Jardine netted a career-high 11 points off the bench.
Jardine, Wesley and sophomore center Modou Niang had six rebounds apiece, as the Aggies controlled the rebounding to the tune of a palindromic, 42-24. USU had 15 on the offensive glass which led to a 23-0 second-chance points advantage.
Western Oregon was led by Rico Myles' 12 points off the bench, while Blair Wheadon tossed in 10 points. Mike McLaughlin was the leading WOU rebounder with four.
Newbold netted three from three-point range, helping USU to a 10-of-27 (37.0 percent) outing behind the arc, the Aggies' third game with double-digit treys. USU finished the night shooting 26-of-56 (46.4 percent) from the field and 16-of-20 (80.0 percent) from the free throw line.
The Wolves shot 34.6 percent (18-of-52) field goal shooting, hitting just 4-of-18 (22.2 percent) from three-point range, and WOU attempted just four free throws, making two (50.0 percent), the fewest makes and attempts by a USU opponent this season.
After a 3-3 tie, the game's only tie, USU reeled off 11 unanswered points, with Wesley capping the spurt with a layup at the 16:20 mark for a 14-3 Aggie advantage. Western Oregon got within four twice, but couldn't get any closer. Holding a 36-28 lead with 3:08 to go, USU closed out the half on a 10-2 run to take a 46-30 lead into halftime.
The Aggie lead hit 20 for the first time two minutes into the second stanza after a Quayle jumper and a Newbold three from the top of the arc for a 51-30 USU lead. Junior guard Pooh Williams capped the 20-2 run with a pair of free throws at the 15:47 mark for a 56-30 Aggie advantage and USU never looked back.
The gap stretched to 30 for the first time at 69-38 with 7:10 to go on a jumper by Niang. Freshman guard Tyrone White gave USU its largest lead of the game at 78-42 on a jumper with 1:54 on the clock, the final score of the night.
Utah State opens Western Athletic Conference action on Saturday, Jan. 2 against New Mexico State at Las Cruces, N.M. in a 9 p.m. (MT) tip-off in a game that will be nationally televised on ESPNU (Comcast Ch. 400 in Cache Valley). USU then heads to Ruston, La. to tangle with Louisiana Tech on Monday, Jan. 4. in a 6 p.m. (MT) start.
The Aggies return home to host Hawai'i on Monday, Jan. 11 in a 7 p.m. contest.
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