Utah State trounced the Idaho Vandals Wednesday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, with a 80-62 victory. The Aggies used balanced scoring and bench production to keep their seven game winning streak alive.”We had stretches where we played pretty dang well… We’ll take it, and go forward. We had some prettty good stretches, and some not so good stretches, but it is a win,” head coach Stew Morrill said after the game.Yet again, USU had an all-around balanced offensive output, with five players scoring in double figures. Nate Bendall had 14 points and five rebounds. Tai Wesley had 13 points, 11 of which came in the second half, to go along with six rebounds, three assists, and a block.The Aggies also recieved great production from their bench players, which has helped them in their winning streak. Brian Green was red-hot , shooting 5-6 from the field and a perfect 4-4 from three point territory. The junior finished with a team high 16 points in 21 minutes, and received praise from Coach Morrill. Brady Jardine followed up his career high last week against San Jose with a solid showing. The forward out of Pocatello, ID had nine points, eight rebounds, an assist, and a steal in 19 minutes. Modou Niang also contributed, as he was a defensive force in blocking three shots and altering numerous others.”I was really pleased with our bench in the first half,” Morrill said. “We had guys get in foul trouble, and Brian came in and shot it in, and Brady and Modou were solid off of the bench. I thought Modou changed the game defensively when he got in there. He made it a little harder for them to score off of the block.””Brian’s on a roll. Knock on wood, wherever I can find it, but it is great because he just comes off of the bench and is instant offense. He’s like the dang microwave, like Vinnie Johnson.”Idaho was forced to play without their leading scorer Mac Hopson, who was suspended for undisclosed disciplinary reasons. Steffan Johnson, the Vandal’s second leading scorer, was shut down by the Aggie defense. He went scoreless, missing all five shots that he attemted. All in all, the Vandals shot 49% from the floor, and 40% from the free-throw line.The Aggies will now prepare for a crucial matchup against conference foe Nevada. The Wolfpack will make the trip to Logan for a Saturday night matchup that is set to tip off at 8 PM.”They are a great team, and they have great coaches,” Green said. “We got a win there in overtime, and they are gonna want to come in here and get a win. We’ve got to get prepared for them, and hopefully we get a win.”
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