USU wins tough one, defeating Hawai’i 74-66

The Utah State Aggies came away with a hard-fought victory Wednesday night in their Western Athletic Conference opener, as they beat the Hawai’i Warriors 74-66. The Aggies were able to receive a monster game from their senior leaders, especially Tai Wesley.”You have to give Hawai’i credit for giving us a battle. They are not the team that we have seen in the past. They are a good team,” Wesley said. “They have a bunch of new players that can light up the scoresheet and hit some tough shots.”Wesley was instrumental in the Aggie win, as the USU post player had a huge game. He scored 27 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, which was as many boards as the entire opposing team had. Wesley also got it done from the charity stripe, going 11-11 from the line.The Aggies were played a very physical game by Hawai’i, shooting an amazing 30 free-throws. The Aggies were fouled 25 times, as the Warriors looked to throw USU out of their game offensively. USU shot 25-30 from the line. Aggie head coach Stew Morrill expected to be pounded by the opposing team.”That’s kind of what I expected,” Morrill said after the game. “I had a lot of respect for Hawai’i coming into this game. The first game of conference is always a challenge at home. The road team is a little bit free and easy because they have everything to get with a road win. The pressure is on the home team, and we found a way to get it get done.”Utah State gave up 63 shooting percentage to the opposing team, the highest since since the Aggies allowed Louisiana Tech to shoot 66.7% on February 7, 2007.The Aggies will now prepare for San Jose State, as the Aggies will host the Spartans on Friday, Dec. 31.

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