Aggies prepare to say good-bye to 6 seniors

Feb 26 2011 - 12:06am


LOGAN -- Utah State men's basketball fans get one last chance to cheer on six seniors at the Smith Spectrum tonight, as the Aggies host Idaho at 7 p.m.

The game is sold out.

Coach Stew Morrill knows this group -- Nate Bendall, Matt Formisano, Brian Green, Tyler Newbold, Tai Wesley and Pooh Williams -- is special.

"They will be glad to get rid of me from their daily life," Morrill joked.

"It is kind of hard to describe how good of a job they have done. They have done it with high-quality character. You can just count on them, and you know what you are going to get from them. I am constantly harping about practice habits, defense, rebounding and screening, and these guys understand why. They are just battle tested."

Utah State (25-3, 12-1), ranked No. 23 in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and No. 26 in this week's Associated Press Poll, has already locked up the Western Athletic Conference regular season title and a postseason berth. But the Vandals are the only team to beat USU in WAC action this season.

The Aggies' four four-year players -- Formisano, Wesley, Newbold and Williams -- have the school's best-ever four-year record of 105-27 (.795).

USU is led by esley who is averaging 14.5 points and 8.0 rebounds

Idaho is 16-11 overall, 8-6 in the WAC, following its 67-59 win at Nevada Thursday.

The Vandals are 8-6 on the road this year and are led by senior guard Jeff Ledbetter who is averaging 12.3 points, while shooting 46.8 percent from the field, 47.1 percent from three-point range and 84.3 percent at the free throw line.

Sophomore center Kyle Barone is averaging 10.7 points and 5.9 rebounds, and junior forward Luiz Toledo is averaging 9.5 points per game.

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