LOGAN, Utah – Utah State men’s basketball has two players who rank number one in the country in specific stats according to the latest NCAA statistics released Monday as Tai Wesley leads the nation in field goal shooting and Tyler Newbold leads the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio. Wesley, a 6-7, 240-pound forward from Provo, Utah (Provo HS) is currently shooting 65.5 percent from the field (76-116) to rank first in the nation. Wesley also ranks third in the Western Athletic Conference in rebounding (8.6), fifth in blocked shots (1.20), sixth in scoring (14.8), and 13th in both free throw shooting (.713) and assists (2.67). Wesley was also named the Western Athletic Conference’s Player of the Week Monday after leading Utah State to a pair of home wins against Hawai’i (74-66) and San Jose State (80-71). Newbold, a 6-5, 210-pound guard from Payson, Utah (Payson HS), currently has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.70-to-1.00 to lead the nation as he has 47 assists and just 10 turnovers on the season. Newbold also ranks seventh in the WAC with 3.13 assists per game. As a sophomore in 2008, Newbold finished the year with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.96-to-1.00 setting a still-standing NCAA single-season record. As a team, Utah State currently ranks ninth in the nation in rebounding margin (+9.9), 16th in winning percentage (.867), 18th in scoring defense (58.9), 28th in fewest turnovers per game (11.6) and 32nd in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.30). USU’s 13 wins are tied for the seventh-most in the country, while its current eight-game winning streak is tied for the 10th-longest active streak in the nation. Utah State also received votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll for the second time in as many weeks and for the sixth time this year as it garnered four votes for the second-straight week to rank 37th in the nation. USU ranked 40th in the nation in last week’s coaches’ poll with four votes. Utah State (13-2, 2-0 WAC) returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 8 when it plays at Nevada (4-10, 1-0) at 2 p.m (MT) in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPNU. -USU-
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