Utah State guard Sean Bairstow (2) takes a shot as Weber State guard Cody John defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Logan, Utah. | Eli Lucero, AP
LOGAN — Thanks in part to a trio of old-fashioned, 3-point plays from Justin Bean in the first half, the Aggies handed out an old-fashioned beatdown to Weber State Friday night at the Spectrum.
“This game felt a lot different than the last couple we’ve played, including the exhibition,” Bean said following Utah State’s 89-34 victory over the Wildcats. “We came out and did a great job defensively setting the tone. We really locked in this week on personnel and knowing their plays. We were calling out, it seemed like, most of the plays. We did a lot of scouting. We were really locked in mentally, which showed on the court tonight.”
“It was really nice to see us share the ball and get back to that culture that we had last year.” — Utah State guard Abel Porter
Just three days removed from an 81-73 home win over Montana State that came down to the final minutes, the Aggies (2-0) looked more than worthy of their No. 17 ranking in the preseason AP Top 25 poll. Bean scored a career-high 18 points and junior guard Abel Porter (10 points, 10 assists) notched his first career double-double as Utah State got up to speed early in the first half and never looked back.
“It was really nice to see us share the ball and get back to that culture that we had last year,” Porter said. “It was a little rough against Montana State. Definitely, you could see the energy. We were playing defense first and letting that flow us into our offense. We got really good looks because of it.
“The energy and unselfishness that we played with led to some really easy baskets, and that’s what got us going in the start of the game.”
Already playing with a mask to protect a broken nose, Bean took an elbow to teeth in the win over Montana State, leading to oral surgery on two broken teeth at about 12:30 early the next morning. On Friday, coach Craig Smith referred to Bean as an “ultimate warrior” for showing up to practice the next two days despite the fresh injury, and nothing about the Oklahoma native’s performance on Friday changed that.
Bean, who only played only six minutes in the second half, went 6-for-11 from the field, 6-for-7 from the free-throw line and also pulled down nine rebounds — all while sporting some new braces on his upper teeth for the first time since he was in high school.
“How tough is that kid? To do that and come back and play that type of game. … We talk about wrestling a lot, and that guy in the Ultimate Warrior,” Smith said on Friday.
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