Aggies get back on track with 81-53 win over Long Beach State

The Utah State Aggies got back on the right track following a road loss on Saturday to Georgetown as they beat the Long Beach State 49ers by a score of 81-53 Wednesday night in the Dee Glenn Smith Spectrum.”Well, that was a good bounce-back from Georgetown,” Aggie head coach Stew Morrill said following the game. “… We did a really solid job. I think Long Beach State was really worn out.”The win was Morrill’s 300th as the Aggie head basketball coach. USU improved to 6-2 on the season while avenging a 75-62 loss at Long Beach last year. Utah State dominated Long Beach from the tip-off behind some strong execution on the offensive end of the floor. The Aggies had a very efficient 24 assists on 31 baskets made, while they only turned the ball over seven times on their way to shooting 49% from the field.Senior guard Pooh Williams lead the way for the Aggies, as he scored a career-high 19 points on 6-12 shooting, including 4-7 from three-point territory. Williams was also able to get his teammates involved too, as he dished out six assists.”I was just trying to be aggressive,” said Williams. “… That zone that they were playing left me open a few times, and I just tried to be aggressive.”Williams was joined in double figure scoring by Tai Wesley and Brian Green, as his fellow seniors scored 16 and 13 points respectively. Wesley also did a great job of cleaning the glass, pulling down a game-high 14 rebounds to reach his 10th career double-double.”With Brady Jardine not in the game at the start, I knew that I would have to go in and clean up the boards like like he normally does,” Wesley said. “I knew I would have to get the rebounds tonight.”Wesley allowed himself to remain on the floor by staying out of foul trouble, which was crucial as the team-leader had fouled-out of the previous game. Coach Morrill was very pleased that Tai was able to limit his fouls.”Thank the good Lord. It is about time,” Morrill said. “Thank the officials, thank whomever. It is about time that he gets to play some minutes. He didn’t have any dumb ones… he didn’t have any ones that caused me any gray hairs.”Long Beach State coach Dan Monson received two technical fouls and was tossed 4 1/2 minutes into the game after coming out onto the court and arguing with officials.”I thought one of their kids was taunting our bench a couple times in a row,” Monson said. “I got on the court which is an automatic technical but you will have to ask the officials why I got the second one because I don’t know. All I did was explain what was going on, in my mind.”Coach Morrill and the Aggies will look forward to a few days of practice, as they prepare to host Cal State Bakersfield Saturday night in the Spectrum. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 PM.

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