hold on for 74-60 victory over Concordia
By Craig Morris
November 10, 2008 | What looked like a blowout on
paper turned out to be quite the competitive game as
the Aggies held on for a 74-60 exhibition victory over
Led by Tai Wesley and Gary Wilkinson, both with 14
points, Utah State got an early 20-point lead, only
to let the scrappy Stingers right back into the game.
Leading 45-27 at the half, the Aggies let Concordia
go on a 13-0 run to start the second half. The first
unit did not score in the first four minutes of the
second half. It wasn't until the second unit had been
on the floor for another two minutes that Brady Jardine
hit a jumper from the wing to end the scoring drought.
The Stingers' comeback was led by Damian Buckeley,
who scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half. The
comeback fell short as a late score from Wesley and
a three-pointer from junior college transfer Jared Quayle
put enough distance between the two teams to secure
"We weren't ready -- we laid an egg out there,"
said Wesley. "Give them credit. They came to play"
The Ags played well enough to escape the loss but know
they have a long way to go to get ready for WAC play.
"That was an exhibition game and it was quite
the exhibition," said USU coach Stew Morrill. "We
have a lot of people that have to figure out a new system
and to figure out the things we do."
Thirteen players saw action in the game as the coaching
staff searched for a group that could get the job done.
As the season is just getting under way, the team
looks for ways to improve.
"We have to come out and be ready to play and
get down and play good, hard defense the way Aggie basketball
is meant to be played," said Wilkinson.
The Aggies have high hopes for the season as they
look forward to hosting Montana State-Northern on Friday
at the Spectrum.
"We will get better," said Morrill. "They
want to get better and they are disappointed in their
play in the second half. We will make some progress."