Morrill milestone as Utah State beats Idaho 60-48

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Jared Quayle scored 16 points and Utah State defeated Idaho 60-48 Saturday night, giving Aggies coach Stew Morrill his 500th victory as a Division I coach. Morrill is 500-235 (.680) in 24 seasons as a Division I head coach. This is his 12th season at Utah State. He’s the 19th active coach in Division I to reach the milestone. “I think in coaching you worry about trying to get the next one more than the past 500,” Morrill said. “I mean, you take a little time to reflect because in life, you have to reflect on a few things, but mostly you think about the great people you’ve been involved with – assistant coaches, players.” One of his former assistants, Idaho coach Don Verlin, worked with Morrill for 15 years. “The man knows what he’s doing,” Verlin said. “It’s the same thing every year, nothing changes. … If it’s any one thing, he’s a model of consistency and that’s how he lives. What you see is what you get. He won’t tell you what you want to hear, he’ll just get it done.” Utah State alternated a 3-2 zone and a man-to-man defense to stop Idaho from penetrating the key, and at times the Vandals seemed flummoxed. Tai Wesley dominated the paint for the Aggies (15-6, 5-2 Western Athletic), scoring 11 points and grabbing six rebounds while Brady Jardine added 10 points and six boards. Quayle had seven rebounds as Utah State held a 35-23 advantage on the glass and limited the Vandals to two 3-pointers. Quayle was 4-for-8 from behind the arc. Utah State shot 50 percent from the field for the game, while its defense held Idaho to 18.2 percent in the second half. Kashif Watson led Idaho (8-9, 1-5) with 16 points. The Vandals have lost five straight.

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