By Tim Olsen
January 28, 2009 | The Utah State men's basketball
team entered Saturday night's game having never
won at Hawaii. With a little Polynesian influence,
that all changed. Led by sophomore forward Tai
Wesley, the Ags handled the Warriors, winning
After the game USU head coach Stew Morrill was
excited about his team's first win at Hawaii.
"Just a great road sweep for us, " he said.
"We're excited, that's for sure."
Early in the game the teams traded buckets,
but with the score knotted at six, the Aggies
(19-1, 7-0) used a 16-0 run to blow the game wide
open. Sophomore Tyler Newbold ignited the run
with back-to-back three-pointers and the Ags strapped
down on defense.
Thursday weak, Saturday
During WAC play this season the Aggies have
been playing games Thursday and Saturday nights,
and there is a pattern emerging. Whether due to
the caliber of opponents, the time in between
games, or a good talking to from Morrill, this
team is following an interesting pattern.
So far the Aggies in conference games against
Louisiana Tech, Fresno State and San Jose State
have struggled. All of those games have been played
on Thursday nights. But, in games against New
Mexico State, Boise State and Hawaii -- games
all played on Saturday nights -- the Aggies have
This is one phenomenon that had better have
a quick remedy, however, as USU hosts its toughest
league opponent, Nevada, Thursday -- putting the
nation's second-longest home winning streak and
a possible national ranking on the line.
"That'll be a challenge, obviously they're playing
well," Morrill said. "Hopefully we'll have a crowd
that's excited and ready for them, so it should