Utah State Wins Again: Box Score of the Day

    
February 6th, 2009

CHN now features a live scoreboard, stats, standings, etc.. here. Occasionally, we'll be featuring a box score of the day, with some commentary on why the box score is interesting. It might be involve a huge upset, a big personal effort, some odd statistical occurrences, or other intriguing tidbit.

 

Box Score of the Day:

Today's pick is.. Utah St's 78-59 win over NMSU.

 

This might seem like an odd choice for Box of the Day. A Top 25 Aggies squad beat a mediocre New Mexico St team by 19 at home, big deal. Which is the point: that Utah St. wins have become a given by now, yet virtually no ink has been spilled about them.

 

Last night's Box is a great example of what makes Utah St so tough. First, notice that the Aggies shot 50% from the floor and 55% from three. For most teams this is a huge outburst of offensive efficiency, but for USU its simply par for the course. According to Ken Pomeroy, Utah St is 3rd in the country in effective Fg%, and 2nd in raw offensive efficiency (behind UNC, not bad company). The Aggies play a very low-tempo game that is all about maximizing points per possession. They manage to shoot well from all spots on the floor, in the top 31 of FG%, FT%, and 3-Pt%. You see these numbers at work in the Box below (although reserve Brady Jardine killed the FT% by going 1-5).

 

When you talk about high % offense, it starts with a pair of forwards: Gary Wilkinson & Tai Wesley. Both shoot above 60% on the season, and are amongst the national leaders. Wilkinson, who was 5-5 last night, has made 19 of his last 22 shots.

 

Utah St. 78, New Mexico St. 59

Thursday, February 5, 2009 9:05 PM

Location - Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, Logan, Utah
Officials - David Hall, Mike Littlewood, Kelly Self
Attendance - 9415
 
Final Scoring Summary
 
Final 1 2 T
New Mexico St. 32 27 59
Utah St. 35 43 78
 
New Mexico St. Aggies
 
  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Troy Gillenwater 19:00 1-3 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 0 4 0 4 1 4
Jonathan Gibson 27:00 6-8 1-1 0-1 0 4 4 2 1 1 1 0 13
Hernst Laroche 31:00 1-6 0-1 0-2 1 1 2 5 1 1 0 0 2
Wendell McKines 31:00 3-12 0-0 2-4 4 4 8 1 4 0 0 1 8
Hamidu Rahman 14:00 3-5 0-0 2-5 4 1 5 0 3 0 2 0 8
Jahmar Young 36:00 6-15 2-4 1-1 1 1 2 4 2 2 2 0 15
Aaron Castillo 16:00 0-1 0-1 2-2 2 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 2
Chris Gabriel 12:00 2-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 4
Robert Lumpkins 14:00 1-1 1-1 0-0 0 3 3 1 2 0 0 0 3
TOTAL 200 23-54 4-8 9-17 13 18 31 15 19 4 9 2 59
    42.6% 50.0% 52.9% Team Rebs: 0   Total TO: 9
 
Utah St. Aggies
 
  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Tyler Newbold 31:00 6-8 5-6 0-1 2 2 4 3 0 0 0 0 17
Jared Quayle 33:00 4-10 4-8 0-0 3 4 7 8 1 0 3 0 12
Tai Wesley 19:00 4-8 0-0 2-4 2 3 5 5 4 0 0 1 10
Gary Wilkinson 32:00 5-5 0-0 8-8 3 8 11 1 3 1 3 0 18
Stavon Williams 18:00 1-5 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 3
Matt Formissano 12:00 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 1 3 0 1 0 2
Brady Jardine 18:00 0-4 0-0 1-5 4 5 9 1 3 0 0 0 1
Jaxon Myaer 7:00 2-3 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 4
Pooh Williams 30:00 4-6 2-3 1-2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 11
TOTAL 200 27-54 12-22 12-20 15 23 38 22 16 1 9 2 78
    50.0% 54.5% 60.0% Team Rebs: 1   Total TO: 9

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