Thursday, January 24, 2008

Were two freshmen the missing components?

Newbold and Wesley. Wesley and Newbold. It sounds like a newly established law firm but in this case it's the duo being the pair that has teamed up with the other three members of Utah State's starting five to take the Aggies back to the top of the WAC.

USU: Is streak due to freshman duo?
Martin Renzhofer
The Salt Lake Tribune

Utah State has won nine consecutive games, including four in the Western Athletic Conference.

Nine games ago, Aggie coach Stew Morrill inserted freshmen Tai Wesley and Tyler Newbold into the USU starting lineup.

Coincidence? Maybe, but one thing is for sure: during this unbeaten stretch, USU's defense and rebounding have vastly improved. In addition, the Aggies (14-5, 4-0 WAC) have become a bit better balanced offensively.

However, eight of those nine games have been in the Smith Spectrum. Beginning today at Louisiana Tech (3-13, 0-4) and Saturday at New Mexico State (10-10, 4-1), Utah State begins a stretch of playing six of its next eight away from Logan...
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