LOGAN – Utah State made Cal State University, Monterey Bay look like anything but a Division II team Friday night. During a home exhibition the Aggies fell behind early and never recovered. In the first exhibition loss since 2007, USU was beat 77-60. Head coach Tim Duryea said the team played out of character and called the loss a “good lesson learned.”
“(Monterey Bay) played well, played hard, and really outplayed us in every position statistically,” he said. “Outplayed us in every position as far as passion and enthusiasm.”
USU forward David Collette led the Aggies with 22 points and was clear on what he thought the problem was.
“Lack of energy, big time,” he said. “We couldn’t get back in transition, we couldn’t guard somebody and most of all we couldn’t make a shot.”
USU made just 20-of-60 field goals during the game and just 4-of-22 from beyond the arc. Head coach Tim Duryea said the team had poor shot selection. Collette said many of the shots missed were ones the team normally makes.
“We led the league last year in field goal percentage,”he said. “So that’s not like us to miss that many shots. It’s just, again, a lack of effort, a lack of confidence.”
During the first half, the Aggies shot just 20.6 percent from the field and only hit one shot of 14 attempts from beyond the arc. Monterey Bay had a 16-point lead with 1:08 left in the half, but A 3-pointer by Chris Smith sent the Aggies into the locker room trailing 39-26.
If USU was hoping to come out of the locker room and build momentum after the half, it didn’t happen. Every comeback attempt fell short, way short. The closest USU cut the lead to was 7 points with 2:53 to go, but less than two minutes later the deficit was back to 16.
Collette said the team’s turnaround will start Monday morning in practice.
“It’s a good thing it happened now,” he said. “It gives us a lot of things to work on.
“For some reason we just couldn’t get it together the whole game. That hurt.”
The Aggies start the regular season November 13 at Weber State.