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MEN’S BASKETBALL (NON-CONFERENCE)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 07, 2009
TWU SPARTANS (40) AT THE UTAH STATE UNIVERSITY (65)
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SPARTANS FALL TO UTAH STATE
LOGAN, Utah - Senior guard Jared Quayle hit five three-pointers and finished with a game-high 19 points, while junior forward Tai Wesley added 17 points to lead Utah State to a 65-40 win against Trinity Western in its final exhibition game of the preseason Saturday night in front of 8,962 fans here inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
“We lost it in the first half. Proud of the guys in the second half, as we won the second half with the same players,” commented TWU head coach Scott Allen. “We got off to a poor start and Jacob being in foul trouble and getting used to the atmosphere took a while as it was crazy and the guys were a little shell shocked.”
Quayle, who finished the game making 6-of-11 field goals including 5-of-9 from behind the arc, also had four rebounds, three assists and no turnovers, while Wesley was 4-of-6 from the field and 9-of-12 at the charity stripe.
Junior forward Matt Formisano came off the bench to score eight points and grab four rebounds for Utah State, while fellow junior forward Nate Bendall had four points, two blocks and a team-high seven boards.
In all, Utah State had 11 players who played at least 10 minutes each while nine of those 11 players scored.
Trinity Western was led by Calvin Westbrook's 11 points as he finished the game shooting 5-of-14 from the field.
Utah State made six of its first seven field goals and scored the first 15 points of the game before Trinity Western got on the board at the 14:47 mark. USU's lead ballooned to 31 points at 42-11 with just under a minute to play in the half following a layup by Wesley and the home team went into the locker room up 30 at 44-14.
Utah State shot 62.5 percent from the field in the first-half (15-24), including 75.0 percent from three-point range (6-8). Conversely, USU's defense held Trinity Western to 18.2 percent shooting in the first 20 minutes of play (6-33).
Junior guard Tyler Newbold hit a three-pointer to start the second-half to give Utah State a 47-14 advantage and the Aggies took its biggest lead of the game at 59-25 following a layup by Formisano with 12:06 to play. USU scored just six points during the final 12 minutes as Trinity Western finished the game on a 15-6 run to make the final margin 25 points.
In the second-half, Utah State shot just 27.3 percent (6-22) while Trinity Western shot 40.0 percent (10-25).
Utah State finished the game by shooting 45.7 percent overall (21-46), while holding Trinity Western to only 27.6 percent (16-58). USU was also 8-of-20 (.400) from three-point range and 15-of-20 (.750) from the free throw line, while TWU was 6-of-26 (.231) from behind the arc and just 2-of-4 at the charity stripe. Utah State also out rebounded Trinity Western, 40-31.
Utah State's next game will be its regular season opener on Friday, Nov. 13 at Weber State at 7:30 p.m.
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