Aggies prep for upcoming season with Primetime Madness

LOGAN — While basketball fans in Italy were able to see the 2017-18 Utah State men’s team play in mid-August, Aggie fans on this side of the Atlantic had to wait two months to finally see Tim Duryea’s squad in action.

Utah State’s men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted Primetime Madness Thursday night at the Spectrum, giving their fans a little taste of what they can expect heading into the upcoming season.

In addition to both squads scrimmaging for 15 minutes each, there were also a variety of contests in which Aggie athletes and some USU students were given an opportunity to showcase their skills.

“It was a fun event, all night long,” USU women’s head coach Jerry Finkbeiner declared.

And no one seemed to have more fun than returning men’s players Alex Dargenton and Sam Merrill.

Dargenton, a senior forward, led all scorers and rebounders in the scrimmage with 14 points and five boards, while Merrill added 12 points to help lead the White squad to a 33-21 victory. The Bountiful High product connected on 5 of 6 field-goal attempts, including 2 of 3 from 3-point range, while also dishing out a scrimmage-best three assists.

“I thought Sam and Alex showed their experience, having played a lot last year,” Duryea stated. “Those guys understand their roles, understand the system, understand what they’re doing. And I thought they really did a good job.”

Brock Miller, a freshman guard out of Brighton High School, led the Blue team with eight points, including two 3-pointers. Sophomore guard Koby McEwen, last year’s Mountain West Freshman of the Year after averaging 14.9 points per game, connected on 1 of 3 field-goal attempts for four points, and finished with two rebounds and three turnovers.

While addressing the crowd at the Spectrum at the end of his team’s practice session, Duryea noted that the …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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