The Utah State Aggies absolutely destroyed the Troy Trojans Thursday night in the Dee Glenn Smith Spectrum, 80-39. The win sealed yet another title in the World Vision Basketball Invitational, as the Aggies now have a 35-0 record in the annual sponsored-holiday tournament.”Obviously, Troy wasn’t at their best tonight,” Aggie head coach Stew Morrill said. “Fortunately, we came out and guarded them and kind of set the tone early. They didn’t get any clean, open looks. After that, it was downhill for them.”It was total and absolute domination for the men in white. USU outplayed Troy in every phase of the game. The Aggies had enough boards to build a large house, out-rebounding Troy 55-32. Many of these rebounds lead to second-chance points, as USU beat Troy in this statistical category 24-to-2. In fact, it was such a blowout that the Aggie bench players outscored the entire Trojan team, 41-39.”It was just one of those ugly games,” Morrill said. “I’ve been on both ends of those, and neither end is all that fun, to be honest with you, but their end is worse than my end tonight. We’ll take it.”Brian Green was dynamite, as he had a very impressive all-around game. The spark-plug off the bench scored 23 points, grabbed six rebounds, and dished out five assists. This strong showing, in addition to his play in the previous two nights, lead to Green being bestowed with the honor of invitational MVP. Tai Wesley and Tyler Newbold also represented USU on the all-invitational team. Green, in his usual fashion, deferred credit to his teammates when asked about his MVP performance.”I felt like, as a team, we came out and played hard,” he said. “It was good to win this tournament and get us ready for league (play). Like I always say, it was a team effort. My teammates were always looking for me, and again, Troy was in a zone. I had a lot of open shots, so it was nice.”Troy, who had scored 102 points in an overtime victory against Western Michigan, was clearly frustrated by Utah State’s defensive play. The Trojans shot 19% from the field and 19% from three-point territory. Over the course of three days, Troy made 33 out of 106 three point attempts. The Trojans were lead by Steven Cunningham and Levan Patsatsia, who had seven and nine points, respectively.Utah State will now take three days off from practice to enjoy the holiday with family and friends before returning for preparation for their home opener against Hawaii in the Spectrum on December 29. Coach Morrill spoke of the upcoming break from basketball practice.”As I told the players, it is really a difficult thing this year. Normally, what we have done is taken three or four days off, came back, had a few days of practice, had a non-division one game, or maybe a division one game. Then, league play was a week or so away.”Some programs don’t take time off at Christmas. I always will. I think they just need to be with their families. The coaches just need to have some time, it is just really important. I stressed to them that if they have to hitchhike, they need to get back on the 27th, because we need to get ready for conference.”
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