Aggies zap the Shockers, 68-58

The Aggies kept their 12 game winning streak going, with a convincing 68-58 win over Wichita State late Saturday night. The game was part of the BracketBuster matchup, and was televised nationally on ESPN2.”I was really pleased with our team,” head coach Stew Morrill said. “That was a good win, that’s a good basketball team that we played, and we had to play well in lots of phases of the game to win.”Two of the phases that coach Morrill emphasized that the Aggies had success in were defense and passing. USU held the Shockers to a 40% mark from the field, including a meager 29% in the first half. Wichita State’s leading scorer was JT Durley with 12 points, which he earned by going 4-11 from the field. Utah State forced eight Shocker turnovers, and made the visitors take contested jump shots all night long. The Aggies also displayed great ball movement throughout the game, as they recorded assists on 22 of their 26 field goals. Jared Quayle lead USU with seven assists. The senior point guard out of Perry capped off an impressive week, as he did not turn the ball over once in either of the Aggies’ last two games.”That is phenomonal,” Morrill said when informed of this statistic. “He just did a great job running our offense, and I am awfully pleased with him.””I thought we were real good defensively the first half,” said Morrill. “We had a good assist to turnover ratio… I was real pleased that our guys just did the things that we needed to do to have a chance to win.”Offensively, Utah State got the majority of their points from the big men. Tai Wesley, Nate Bendall, and Brady Jardine all reached double figures in scoring, with 13, 12, and 11 points respectively. Jardine, who is trying to adjust to a mask that he is required to wear due to his broken cheekbone, was able to turn around from his subpar performance on Wednesday with a huge showing against Wichita State. The sophomore out of Twin Falls, Idaho also had seven rebounds to go, and played well defensively. Wesley started off the game extremely hot, notching nine points in the first five minutes of the game. He also had six rebounds, four assists, a block and a steal. Wesley credited his good game to the type of defense that the Shockers used against him.”It seemed like they weren’t double teaming me, their guards weren’t helping down, so I just had one guy on my back. I’m real comfortable when my back is to the basket and there is just one guy guarding me,” Wesley said.The Spectrum crowd was in full effect in front of a national audience, despite the late tip-off time of 10 PM. It was USU’s fifth sellout of the season, with 10270 in attendance. The fans recieved praise from both the Aggie players and Coach Morrill after the game.USU will now turn their attention towards the Hawaii Warriors, whom the Aggies will visit next Thursday. Gametime will be at 10PM Logan time, as the Aggies will look to continue their 12 game winning streak.

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