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Thursday, March 10, 2005

From the High School Free Speech Front:

"If they feel an article isn't appropriate, they will pull it -- or ask the student to make changes to it. They said that isn't censorship. They said they're just approving or not approving what goes in. What's your definition of censorship?"

--Hawley Kunz, co-editor of the Warrior News, Weber High School, Pleasant View, Utah. The principal ordered prior review of the monthly newspaper after an editorial critical of the condition of the school's running track. (3/8/05)

Aggies grab second place in Big West with 77-57 drubbing of Cal State Northridge

By Jerome Le Carrou

February 11, 2005 | Jaycee Carroll led the Aggies with 22 points in a 77-57 victory Thursday night in the Spectrum against the Cal State Northridge Matadors.

The Aggies improve to 18-5 overall and 9-3 in conference play.

With this loss, the Matadors fall to 9-4 in the Big West and also lost second place at the top of the conference, leaving the Aggies alone at second.

"It wasn't pretty, but we are glad we get a win," said Aggies coach Stew Morrill after the game.

Aggies freshman Carroll scored four three-pointers that played a key role in the victory.

His teammates tried to find Carroll unguarded, as he routinely attempts three-pointers in any location and is successful 51.3 percent of the time.

"I came out aggressive, I came out feeling good, I had a good week of practice," Carroll said.



VISION CHECK: USU coach Stew Morrill expresses
his displeasure with a referee's decision. / Photo by Josh Russell

The Aggies struggled early against a tough team led by senior Ian Boylan, who had 19 points and nine rebounds.

During the game, Matadors senior Boylan was a constant danger, penetrating the inside and passing to the open man on the perimeter, while the Matadors' defense focused on Carroll.

PUMPTED UP: Spencer Nelson gets excited as the Aggies pull away. / Photo by Jill Prichard

"They played pressure-man. They used their athleticism. They're physical," Morrill said. .

But the Aggies played a good defense against the Matadors and won on the boards, 35-28, which was essential to shut down the Matadors' offense.

Nate Harris played a great part in the defensive job, as he had 15 rebounds and 12 points.

"He was tough, active, good defensively, great on the boards," said Morrill about Harris.

Aggies senior Spencer Nelson had 17 points, six rebounds and four assists even though he got into foul trouble early and had to let Cass Matheus come in for him. Matheus had 13 points.

Morrill said, "Cass played well, that was important for us, Cass is getting more comfortable out there."

"It was huge, he played really well for us," said Harris of Matheus.

The Matadors started the first half with a 11-5 run. Boylan had nine points during that run.

But after a jumper by Carroll the Aggies took the lead 13-11. The Matadors were unable to come back.

The Aggies widened the gap to10 points, as Carroll scored a jumper just two seconds before the buzzer. At halftime the Aggies led, 36-26.

At the beginning of the second half, the Matadors scored four points and reduced the margin to six points.

But the Aggies had a 12-8 run and continued to widen the gap up to 20 points.

"You don't feel necessarily great about how everything is going, but at the end the result was good," concluded Morrill.

The Aggies shot 55.8 percent from the field and also converted 15 of 21 free throw attempts while the Matadors shot 38.9 percent and converted 11 of 19 free throw attempts.

The Aggies are now looking forward to Saturday night in the Spectrum as they will face 24th- ranked Pacific. The Tigers are 13-0 in the Big West. The game, which begins at 8:35 p.m., will be shown on College Sports TV on Comcast cable in Logan.

"It's going to be fun, fun environment, great college basketball game on Saturday," said Harris.

DIDJA FORGET SOMETHING: Jaycee Carroll steals the ball at halfcourt during the Cal State Northridge game. / Photo by Josh Russell

AND ONE: Nelson shoots a technical. / Photo by Jill Prichard


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