Aggies solid in final tune-up

For the second straight week, the Utah State Aggies jumped out to a great start in an exhibition match up, as USU beat the Trinity Western Spartans 65-40.The Aggies used a strong showing in the first half to secure the win, as they lead their opponents from north of the Canadian border for the duration of the contest. USU got off to a hot start, going up by 15-0 in the opening five minutes of the game. “We’re ready to go when the game starts… That’s a great way to start the game,” USU head coach Stew Morrill said. “Hopefully we can keep that up. That’s very positive.”The Aggies were lead offensively by two veteran players, in returning starters Jared Quayle and Tai Wesley. Wesley ended up with 17 points and four rebounds. Quayle, the pre-season WAC first-teamer, finished with a game high 19 points, four rebounds, and three assists. The senior point guard was hot from beyond the arc, as he went 5-9 from three point range. “I gotta give credit to my teammates,” said Quayle. “I was hitting shots, but they were doing all of the work.”As good as the Aggie starters were, they also received help from the bench players. Junior forward Matt Formisano was able to contribute, scoring eight points and grabbing four boards in 16 minutes. “Right now, we’re rotating guys through and that is keeping us fresh,” Formisano said. “When it’s your turn to be in, you just have to do what the coaches ask of you.”After a halftime lead of 44-14, Utah State cooled off coming out of the intermission. The Aggies had a large drop off in field goal percentage, as they went from 62% in the first half to 27% in the second, due in large part to defensive adjustments made by Trinity Western.”They just half court zone pressed us (in the second half),” Morrill said. “We didn’t handle it very well. It’s early in the year, we haven’t seen a lot of that.”Utah State will now prepare for the regular season, as they open up on the road next Friday at Weber State. The Aggies will then face off against another in-state rival on the road, as they will play at Utah the following week.”We’ve gotta not get too wrapped up in the fact that it’s the road,” said Morrill. “We have through the years been pretty good on the road. There will be a lot of cat and mouse in that game. Stuff they haven’t shown, stuff we haven’t shown. They will throw some surprises at us. It’s their official opener on their home court. We went down there a couple years ago and didn’t fare too well, so that will probably be brought up.”

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