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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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'Better lucky than good,' Stew says of latest victory

By Connor H. Jones

December 3, 2008 | Coach Stew Morrill and the USU men's basketball team senaked by the Anteaters of UC Irvine on Tuesday night.

The final score may make it seem like a easy victory for the Aggies, but in actuality the game seemed to be all Irvine.

"Better lucky than good," said Morrill. "We were very fortunate to win that game."

In the book the Aggies are still perfect -- 5 wins, 0 losses -- but with games against in-state rivals BYU and Utah coming up, the Aggie defense needs to step up.

"We offered little resistance defensively," said Morrill. "We made mistake, after mistake, after mistake."

Saturday night's game agaisnt BYU will end with one team going home with its first loss. The Cougars come into the neutral site, Energy Solutions Arena, with their best start since the 1991-92 season at 6-0. USU's last 5-0 start came in the 2002-03 season and ended Dec. 6, 2002, almost six years to the day they face off with BYU.

Since becoming coach for the Aggies, Morrill is 4-5 against the Cougars. The last time the two teams played was in December 2006 when BYU rolled the Aggies, 75-62.

This season Brigham Young has, on average, outscored opponents by 22 points, while Utah State has been outscoring its opponents by 20.

USU has a higher field goal percentage of .566, to BYU's .515, and a higher three-point percentage of .470, to BYU's .347. But BYU has a higher free throw percentage of .714 to USU's .707, more steals per game with 7.2 to USU's 5.2 and more rebounds with 38.7 compared with USU's 35.

In the stat books, the upcoming game should be neck-and-neck, with the decision coming down to the play of BYU's star players Lee Cummard and Jonatha Tavernari, USU's capability to defend and the Aggies' ability to work the post.

USU players who were raised in Utah say they look forward to these in-state games all year. Tyler Newbold, sophomore guard from Payson, said he knows quite a few players from the other Utah colleges. Coming out on top in these games provides further benefits than just one more win on the record -- it provides bragging during the summer pick-up games.

Newbold, along with the rest of the Aggie basketball team, hopes to keep the USU winning streak going and even up Morrill's record against BYU with a win on Saturday. So pile in the van, fill it up with the wonderful $1.79 gas, get on your Aggie-blue face-paint and go support the Aggies as they try to trample the Cougars. Tip off is a 5:05 p.m. at Energy Solutions Arena.

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