stay undefeated as they smash Weber State by 26
By Craig Morris
November 26, 2008 | Gary Wilkinson led all scorers
with 18 points, but Tai Wesley carried the team on his
back, coming up just one assist short of a triple-double.
Wesley was all over the floor, finishing with 14 points,
10 rebounds, nine assists, four blocks, and two steals
as the Aggies cruised to a 75-49 victory over Weber
"I wish the game could have stopped and had the
coaches tell me that I only needed one more pass to
get a triple-double, and I probably would have got it,"
said Wesley. He added that stats don't matter -- he
just wants to help his team and pump up the crowd.
Utah State started slowly and was out-hustled by the
visiting Wildcats in the first half. Weber State, led
by Steve Panos' 17 points, got up by as many as 12 and
took a seven-point lead into intermission.
In the locker room, USU Coach Stew Morrill rallied
the troops and encouraged the team to go out and play
"We looked inept in the first half. We looked
tentative. I wasn't sure if it was the layoff or some
of our guys haven't played in these in-state games.
I talked very directly about that at halftime about
going out and playing and competing. Let the chips fall
where they may, but be aggressive," said Morrill.
The Aggies started out the second half on a 22-7 run,
quickly erasing the deficit as momentum shifted in favor
of the home team. The Ags shot 65.5 percent from the
field in the second half and outrebounded the Wildcats
17-10 after intermission.
Wesley did a great job of spreading the ball around,
with six of his nine assists coming in the second half.
With the Aggies trailing by two, Jared Quayle tied
it with a put-back, forced a turnover on the other end,
and then hit a mid-range jumper to take a two-point
lead. Quayle then grabbed a defensive rebound and the
Ags didn't relinquish their lead for the rest of the
game. Quayle looked as if his confidence was coming
back and he played the rest of the game with the swagger
fans have been waiting to see.
All five of the Aggie starters scored in double figures
and a late barrage of three-pointers turned what looked
to be a nail-biter into a blowout. While Utah State's
shooting was a big factor, defense is what won the game.
The Ags held the Wildcats to just 14 points in the second
half and did not allow a single field goal in the final
"Great second half after a real bad first half,
but we'll take it. We were flat for 20 minutes. It is
nice to see us bounce back," added Morrill.
The Aggies look to be hitting full stride as they
prepare to host Cal Poly on Saturday. If they are able
to put two halves together like the second half they
played against Weber State, they will be hard to beat
no matter who or where they play.
Cal Poly owns a 1-3 record for the season but played
BYU very tight last week in Provo.