Aggies bust backboards and Montana Western, 100-66

The Utah State Aggies eradicated the Montana Western Bulldogs Wednesday night, by a score of 100-66. The Bulldogs were not the only thing that USU wrecked, as two backboards were shattered by the Aggies. Senior forward Tai Wesley went up for a dunk during the halftime warm-ups, and the glass on the hoop shattered.”It was exactly the same thing that I usually do,” Wesley said. “I dunk two times before the refs come out, and the second time I swung, and I heard this thing, and I felt something hit me in the face. I thought that I had broken the back part of it… I looked at thing and it was shattered. I didn’t know what to do. I felt bad, I felt like I was in trouble, and then I kind of celebrated. It was my first backboard ever broken, and I hope that the school will give it to me. I would love to have that backboard.”As the crowd and players waited, a replacement backboard was brought out and reattached. While the Spectrum maintenance crew was screwing the rim to the new backboard, lightning struck twice. The glass shattered on the new backboard, and a third hoop was brought out. This time, the Spectrum staff played it safe, and an entirely portable hoop was brought out for the final second half. All in all, it made for an entertaining 45 minute delay.”I have never had a backboard broken in twenty five years as a head coach, let alone two,” Aggie head coach Stew Morrill said. “I wasn’t out there when either one of them happened, but that was weird.”Aside from the equipment escapade, the night went smoothly for the men in blue. Wesley and fellow senior Brian Green had great games, scoring 20 points apiece. Green went 7-9 from the field and 6-8 from three point land for his 20, and Wesley added on eight rebounds and three assists. Nate Bendall and Brady Jardine also played well, as Bendall had 15 points and Jardine netted 11. The Aggies as a team shot well, making 56% of their field goal attempts, and shooting 59% from three point range.”It was a fun game tonight,” Wesley said. “We came out and played hard, and were able to get it going right off the bat in the second half.”Montana Western, a non-division one opponent, served their purpose for the Aggies. USU was looking to fill their schedule to give themselves a warm-up game for future difficult match-ups down the road, and Wednesday’s contest proved to be just that. All twelve Aggies that dressed saw at least five minutes of playing time, and eleven of the twelve scored. Brockeith Pane was the only Aggie not to find the bottom of the net, but he did hand out a game-high six assists.”That game served it’s purpose,” Morrill said. “We did not need to have two weeks with one game, and just be laboring in terms of practice this time of year. It is nice to have a one game week, but not for two weeks in a row… We played within ourselves pretty well, and a lot of guys got to play. We shot the ball well, and it served it’s purpose.”The Aggies are now set to prepare for a huge showdown on the road at St. Mary’s, whom USU will face in their Bracketbuster game on Saturday night at 7 PM. The game will be broadcast to a national TV audience, and is the third time this season that the Aggies will face a top 25 ranked team on the road.”The St. Mary’s game should be a fun challenge for us,” said Morrill. “… Obviously, we are the underdog. We are up against it. They haven’t lost a home game, and they are a top twenty-five team. It’s a challenge. Our guys are excited and looking forward to it.”

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