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Utah State basketball: Coach Stew Morrill not pleased with effort

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 16 2011 12:19 a.m. MST

OGDEN — Utah State showed its potential in a win against BYU last week, but against Weber State Tuesday night, the Aggies proved they still have a long ways to go.

"We got dominated tonight, especially in the first half," said Utah State coach Stew Morrill. "I thought Weber State played really well. They deserve all the credit. They are a really good basketball team and we are quite a ways (away) from being a really good basketball team."

The Wildcats scored 42 points in the first half, the most points Utah State has allowed in the first half since allowing Texas A&M to score 42 in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats went an incredible 8-for-12 from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes.

"The way they shot the ball in the first half was amazing," said Morrill.

"(Scott) Bamforth had an unbelievable night," Morrill said. "They only had eight two-point goals. The 3-point shooting was our number one key defensively and obviously we didn't get it done. We have a lot of leaks right now that we got to get plugged up before we are going to be very good."

Even as the Aggies dug themselves a 15-point hole at halftime, the team showed life, cutting the lead to six with just more than two minutes to play. Buy on the ensuing possession Brockeith Pane had the ball stolen by Damian Lillard and the Wildcats were able to ice the game at the line. Turnovers and mental miscues thwarted any hope of an Aggie comeback.

"I expect it more than I was encouraged," Morrill said of the Aggies' comeback. "If you've had a good program for a number of years that's what you should be about. We at least showed up, and at least made somewhat of a game of it. I don't think they were ever really threatened. Anytime we got it within single digits we had a dumb foul, put them on the line, turned it over. We aren't real good offensively right now, we aren't real good defensively, we don't rebound consistently, and we turn it over too much. Other than that I kind of like us. We'll get better."

Utah State was outdone in nearly every statistical category. The Aggies finished with just three assists, their fewest since December 1999 against Utah, and 15 turnovers, a credit to Weber State's excellent defense. On the boards the Aggies were outrebounded 38 to 35, giving up critical offensive rebounds down the stretch. On the free-throw line Utah State shot just 61 percent, going 14-for-23.

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