roll over Cal-Poly, 97-57, to remain undefeated
By Craig Morris
December 1, 2008 | Gary Wilkinson scored 21 points
and grabbed nine boards in just 21 minutes on the floor
as Utah State made it 4-0 on the season.
Junior college transfer Stavon Williams scored a Division
1 career high with 15 points coming on five 3-pointers.
Tai Wesley had yet another all-around game with 14 points,
five assists and two boards. He continues to draw a
crowd and find open teammates.
You have to go back to December 2004 for the last
time the Aggies won a game by 40 points. The Ags shot
a blistering 64.3 percent from beyond the arc and outrebounded
the Mustangs 37-20.
Coach Stew Morrill was able to give a lot of players
good minutes because of the large lead.
"We got a lot of guys minutes. That was really
positive for our team, to have guys come in and shoot
the ball well like Stavon did, get some post moves like
Modou [Niang] did, push the ball like Deremy [Geiger]
did. All those things were really good for our team
to start developing some depth," said Morrill.
In all, 12 players saw action against Cal-Poly and
maintained the lead without the starters on the floor.
Matt Formisano and Modou Niang notched six rebounds
each as they took advantage of the opportunity to play
in front of the noisy home crowd. The bench played well
the entire game and brought energy to the floor from
the get go.
"It felt great. I loved it. I like to get people
up -- that helps a lot," said Williams. "Plus
the crowd is important, too."
Tyler Newbold, who added nine points and five assists,
commented on the importance of getting minutes for a
lot of the younger guys on the team: "That’s going
to be huge for us, especially as we play more games
against tougher competition we’re going to need that
depth to come off the bench."
Utah State has not lost a home game since the final
regular season game of the 2006-07 season, winning 17
in a row. The Aggies look to continue their home-court
dominance as they host UC-Irvine on Tuesday. UC Irvine
is 0-4 on the season and USU holds a 30-27 advantage
in the overall series with the Anteaters.