Utah State throttles Hawai’i 98-54

The Utah State Aggies picked up their first WAC win in the Spectrum Monday night, to the tune of a 98-54 beat down on the Hawaii Warriors. USU came out fired up after being swept on the road last week, and dominated on both ends of the court.”We were very hungry to get a win, very aggressive, and they were obviously worn out and tired,” USU Head Coach Stew Morrill said after the game. “They had a tough night, and we came out firing on all cylinders.””We were a different team tonight than we were a week ago,” junior forward Tai Wesley said. “It was good to be back home. We brought it to the court tonight.”The Aggies had one of their best all-around games of the season. The hosts shot 61 percent from the field, including 73 percent in the first half. They also played strong defense, holding Hawaii to 32 percent shooting. Utah State led by 28 points at the half, which allowed them to get their starters some much-needed rest in preparation for their trip to Reno, Nevada on Wednesday.”We played really hard,” junior guard Tyler Newbold said. “We executed a lot better than we have in the past few games, and we had fun out there. That’s what happened for us tonight.””We talked about how this is a game where we needed to go send a message,” Wesley said. “We said that we needed to come out there and play good defense, as well as good offense. We have played very good offense, so it was a good game for every single person on this team.”It was a well-rounded showing by USU, as the preseason WAC favorites had seven players with nine or more points. Wesley, Newbold, and Nate Bendall put up 15 points apiece. Jared Quayle had 11, while Brian Green, Preston Medlin, and Pooh Williams finished with nine each. Newbold had an especially impressive game offensively, shooting a perfect 5-5, all of which were threes. He also had three assists, a block, and a steal.”Welcome back, Tyler,” said Wesley. “That is the shooter that we need on this team, and that is what he is capable of doing. It is not surprising that he shot that well, because he is a good shooter and he was getting great looks.””I just let it fly. I have been shooting it well in practice, and obviously today I was able to get open and knock shots down,” Newbold said. “It’s really just a mentality of being aggressive and that is what not just myself, but the whole team was able to do tonight.”Dwain Williams came off of the bench to lead the Warriors, scoring 12 points on 4-13 shooting. All of his field goals were of the three point variety. USU did a good job of frustrating Roderick Flemings, who came into the game averaging over 14 points as Hawaii’s leading scorer. He ended up with eight points, going 3-14 from the field. The Warriors were weary after losing on the road at Fresno on Saturday, and it showed against the Aggies.USU will have one day of practice to prepare for a tough road match up with Nevada on Wednesday, and then will turn around and host Boise State on Saturday.”I wish we could play all of our games at home, but they don’t let you do that,” Morrill said. “There shouldn’t be that big of a discrepancy between home and the road, there just shouldn’t. That being said, we are playing Nevada, who is maybe the best team in the league along with Louisiana Tech.”That is a big challenge. We’re going to be playing against a very good team. Let’s go out and be aggressive, and see where the chips fall. We’ll get our game plan together, and go play.”

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