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March 17, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 1863-2009

"Can Seattle's oldest newspaper be successfully transformed into a child of the information age? The Northwest is a land of big dreams. With the demise of the Soviet Union, one quipster noted that Puget Sound is now home to three empires still bent on global dominion: Microsoft, Amazon.com and Starbuck's. If the stars align properly and with a quality product, Seattle will show the way to a new model for journalism of the written word."

--Joel Connelly, columnist, in today's final print edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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No. 21 Ags fall to Boise State

By Tim Olsen

February 16, 2009 | Utah State had a chance to lock up its first-ever outright regular season WAC title Saturday night, but Boise State had other plans.

The Broncos used an inspired second half performance to ignite their crowd and propel their team to a 66-56 upset of first place and No. 21 Utah State.

"I thought we might get beat sometime," USU head coach Stew Morrill said. "But I didn't see it coming."

Things started out well for the Aggies as they jumped out to a five-point lead 10 minutes into the game on jumper by Gary Wilkinson. Shortly after that though, the Ags took a blow when Tai Wesley was whistled for his third personal foul.

"The first half I got frazzled, I played four minutes and had three fouls," Wesley said. "That kind of just took me right out of the game and it was kind of hard for me to find a rhythm the whole second half because of that."

Wilkinson got into some foul trouble early as well, causing both Aggie big men to head to the bench. Nonetheless, USU was able to stay even with the Broncos and looked to be heading into the locker room with a lead until Boise State's Anthony Thomas hit a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to put the Broncos up 27-25 at the half.

As a team the Aggies, who have been leading the nation in shooting percentage, shot just 42 percent in the first half, including just 33 percent from beyond the arc. More telling though was the fact that the Aggies who normally make their living at the free throw line only made one trip in the first half.

USU has seemingly owned its opponents in the second half of games this season. So, despite their first half struggles, the Aggies felt good going into the second half.

However, this second half had a different script.

Boise State used five of the Aggies 19 turnovers to go on a 14-4 run and break the game open at 41-29 just six minutes in to the second period.

The run was spurred by Thomas who continued his hot shooting from 3-point land, knocking down two 3's during the stretch, He finished with 18 points and a game high three steals. Mark Sanchez who pumped in 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting led all scorers.

Despite finding themselves in the biggest hole of the season, the Aggies weren't about to throw in the towel. A 3-pointer by Jaxon Myaer with 10:50 to play cut the lead to five, and a Brady Jardine layup off of a Wesley missed free-throw pulled USU within six, but each run was thwarted by turnovers and poor execution.

The Aggies, who had been so solid in the second half of games all season, only managed to shoot 31 percent in the final period and finished with a season low 36.5 percent from the field. The loss was the Ags first in 2009.

Wilkinson and Jared Quayle each scored 12 points to lead the Aggies while sophomore Pooh Williams finished with 10 points all in the first half as he kept the Aggies in the game.

USU will return to action on Wednesday when they play host to CS Fullerton, and then will head to St. Mary's for an ESPN BracketBuster matchup on Saturday. The Aggies will have another opportunity to wrap up the regular season WAC title at home on Feb. 26 against Hawaii.

"Our main focus is to win the WAC," Tyler Newbold said. "We need to get ready to practice and get ready for these two games and get better so that we can have a chance to come back and win the WAC outright.

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