USU got back on track with a convincing win over the Utah Valley University Wolverines, by a score of 87-56. The win came exactly one week after USU’s 37 game home winning streak ended against St. Mary’s. The Aggies came into the game focused after having an entire week of practice to prepare.”We needed to get the taste of St. Mary’s out of our mouth. We’ve been sitting on that and chewing on it for about a week,” head coach Stew Morrill said. “It was a good, solid win. At times we played pretty dang well, and we will see where that takes us.”USU had a well rounded offensive showing, as five players reached double figures. Pooh Williams led the way with 15 points, going 3-4 from behind the three point line. Williams also got it done off of the dribble, as he threw down an emphatic dunk in the second half to put the Aggies ahead by 33 points. Nate Bendall was another Aggie who had a solid game, finishing with 12 points to go along with nine rebounds. Guards Jared Quayle and Brian Green also played well, as they each scored 13 points. Green was asked to run the offense, filling in at the back up point guard position behind Quayle.”We are trying to play him (Green) at two positions, and that’s very difficult on a new player, but we really need him to play two positions,” Morrill said. “It’s tough when you’ve been playing the two all week long. He did fine.”Utah Valley was led offensively by Corey Claitt. The junior scored a career-high 22 points on 9-10 shooting from the field. Former Aggie player Aaron England went 0-1 from the field in five minutes of playing time.The Aggie players and coaching staff were also very encouraged by the defensive effort from Tyler Newbold. He spent most of the game shutting down UVU’s Jordan Swarbrick. Swarbrick came into the game as the Wolverine’s leading scorer, and left with six points after being hounded by Newbold. Newbold scored 11 points to go along with his deffensive performance.”I really want to guard the other team’s best player. It’s something that I like to do,” Newbold said when asked about defending Swarbrick. “It’s fun to be able to go up against great players like that, and I am grateful that we were able to do a good job today.””Tyler is a really good defensive player. I think he is very underrated about his defensive game,” Williams said. “When we guard each other in practice, he gives me a very hard time. He is a great defender, and he did a really good job.”For the first time this year, the Aggies had a player go down with an injury during a game. Preston Medlin twisted his ankle on a drive to the basket, and left the game after being helped off by the training staff. He was seen later on the bench icing his foot, and was expected to get an x-ray after the game. The freshman guard had eight points before being hurt.”Unfortunately, injuries are a part of this deal,” Morrill said. “There is nothing worse.”USU will now prepare for a road trip to California, where they will play Cal State Bakersfield on Wednesday and Long Beach State on Friday.”We are playing two really athletic teams,” Morrill said. “…We’ve actually went out on the road and not played poorly. We’ve lost a couple, but we had chances to win. I am going to stress that to our guys.”
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