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January 13, 2009

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"I get the feeling that the 24-hour news networks are like the bus in the movie 'Speed.' If they stop talking for a second, they think they'll blow up."

--Jon Stewart, The Daily Show, 2008 (Thanks to alert WORDster Ross Martin)

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Aggies roll over Cal-Poly, 97-57, to remain undefeated

By Craig Morris

December 1, 2008 | Gary Wilkinson scored 21 points and grabbed nine boards in just 21 minutes on the floor as Utah State made it 4-0 on the season.

Junior college transfer Stavon Williams scored a Division 1 career high with 15 points coming on five 3-pointers. Tai Wesley had yet another all-around game with 14 points, five assists and two boards. He continues to draw a crowd and find open teammates.

You have to go back to December 2004 for the last time the Aggies won a game by 40 points. The Ags shot a blistering 64.3 percent from beyond the arc and outrebounded the Mustangs 37-20.

Coach Stew Morrill was able to give a lot of players good minutes because of the large lead.

"We got a lot of guys minutes. That was really positive for our team, to have guys come in and shoot the ball well like Stavon did, get some post moves like Modou [Niang] did, push the ball like Deremy [Geiger] did. All those things were really good for our team to start developing some depth," said Morrill.

In all, 12 players saw action against Cal-Poly and maintained the lead without the starters on the floor. Matt Formisano and Modou Niang notched six rebounds each as they took advantage of the opportunity to play in front of the noisy home crowd. The bench played well the entire game and brought energy to the floor from the get go.

"It felt great. I loved it. I like to get people up -- that helps a lot," said Williams. "Plus the crowd is important, too."

Tyler Newbold, who added nine points and five assists, commented on the importance of getting minutes for a lot of the younger guys on the team: "That’s going to be huge for us, especially as we play more games against tougher competition we’re going to need that depth to come off the bench."

Utah State has not lost a home game since the final regular season game of the 2006-07 season, winning 17 in a row. The Aggies look to continue their home-court dominance as they host UC-Irvine on Tuesday. UC Irvine is 0-4 on the season and USU holds a 30-27 advantage in the overall series with the Anteaters.

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