The Utah State Aggies overpowered the Western Michigan Broncos Wednesday evening by a score of 78-57. It was a knock-down, drag-out style of game, and the men in white won, despite starting off the game slowly.”It was a physical, grind it out type of game,” Aggie head coach Stew Morrill said. “We challenged them at halftime that they were getting out physical-ed, and they handled it pretty well.”USU had a balanced effort from their starters, as four of their starting five players scored in double digits. Pooh Williams and Tyler Newbold did the most damage offensively for the Aggies, putting in a combined 30 points and only missing five shots. Brockeith Pane and Tai Wesley were the other two starters in double digits, with 14 and 13 points respectively.The Aggies were also able to get to the line, as Western Michigan sought to throw USU out of rhythm offensively. Utah State shot a whopping 33 free-throws from the line. The Aggies made 25 of these attempts from the charity stripe, as nine of twelve players that saw action made a free-throw for the home team.Pooh Williams was able to carry the Aggies on the offensive side of the ball, as he shot an impressive 4-6 from outside the three-point arch, on his way to 18 points. The senior leader also shot a perfect 4-4 from the free-throw line, to go along with a rebound and an assist.”Pooh had a big night,” said Morrill. “He had been struggling a little bit offensively, so that was good to see.”Williams was not alone, however, as fellow perimeter players Newbold and Pane played well. Newbold had 12 points, a game high six assists, and three rebounds. Pane scored 14 points, the majority of which came on drives to the basket as he looked to aggressively take the ball to the hole.”Tyler made some shots,” Morrill said. “They were so focused on trying to guard Tai and playing inside-out that we were able to get some open looks.”The Aggies will now have to prepare quickly to take on Troy University, as USU will look to take on the Trojans Thursday night at 8 p.m.
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