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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 start slow, finish big, move to 5-0

By Craig Morris

December 3, 2008 | Tyler Newbold carried Utah State on his back with 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists as the Ags beat the Anteaters, 74-62, at the Spectrum.

UC Irvine was determined not to let the Aggie post players hurt them, so it was up to Newbold and the rest of the guards to carry the scoring load.

The Ags kept shooting well as a team, hitting 62.5 percent from the field and 47.4 percent from beyond the arc. It was defense that gave them problems.

The Anteaters, led by Michael Hunter with 17 points, didn't have a very hard time scoring most of the game. They held the lead most of the first half, but went into the break knotted at 36.

The two teams traded baskets to start the second half as the Ags slowly built their lead. With just under eight minutes remaining in the game, the score was 56-51. Then the home team went on a 10-0 run in the next three minutes to seal the deal.

UC Irvine double- or triple-teamed the Aggie big men the entire night, but Gary Wilkinson came away with eight points, six rebounds, two blocks and two assists. Tai Wesley had another stellar game as he scored 10 points to go along with eight boards, four assists, four steals and three blocks.

"Obviously, their inside presence is one of the most dominant attacks in the country," said UC Irvine head coach Pat Douglass.

It was not a complete game for the Aggies by any standard, but Deremy Gieger was a bright spot off the bench as he sparked the team with 14 points, including 2 of 2 on three-pointers.

"I thought Irvine came with a great game plan, doubling our posts and seeing how we responded, and we didn't respond very well. We had a couple of guys save the bacon -- Deremy Geiger off the bench and Tyler Newbold had a huge night, thank goodness," said USU coach Stew Morrill.

The Ags had better improve in a hurry, as they play in-state rival BYU on Saturday at the Energy Solutions Arena. Should Brigham Young beat Weber State, it will be a battle of the unbeatens in Salt Lake City. The Cougars lead the all-time series, 134-90.

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