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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)

Utah State beats UC Irvine; Nelson named to the all-century team

By Jerome Le Carrou

March 1, 2005 | The Aggies improved to 21-7 overall and 12-5 in the Big West Conference while the Anteaters fell to 6-10 in Saturday's 87-49 blowout in the Spectrum.

"They were some good things for us tonight," said Aggies coach Stew Morrill. Senior Spencer Nelson scored 21 points, grabbed five rebounds and had five assists on the night he officially joined the all-century team.

Nelson's teammate Jaycee Carroll said playing with Nelson in his first year of college basketball was something special that he would not forget.

Nelson was called for a technical just before halftime, after the Anteaters' Aaron Fitzgerald threw an elbow at Nelson and they exchanged words.

"How many people have gotten a technical on the same night they were put on the all-century team?" asked Nelson.

The Anteaters had a 8-3 run to start the game, but Carroll scored four three-pointers in the first five minutes, enabling the Aggies to take a 12-10 lead. For the first time in the game, the Aggies were behind.

"The first five or six minutes they kind of caught us off guard with their energy level and how hard they were playing and how aggressive they were," said Morrill.

"Jaycee kind of save us. We were having a heck of a time. As I said, they were the aggressor at the start of the game. He just shot the heck out of it," said Morrill.

The Anteaters had a 13-10 run and took a 23-22 lead after a lay-up with Fitzgerald with 8:31 left.
But after a three-pointer by Chris Huber the Aggies took a 25-23 lead with 8:13 left, then a 22-7 run enabled them to come to the locker room with a 44-30 lead.

During the first half, Fitzgerald was the key player for the Anteaters, as he scored his 17 points during it. Greg Ethington was the other Anteaters in double-digits as he had 10 points for the game.

"We talked about the fact that he had 17 of their 30 at half. He was really aggressive." said Morrill. But the second half was totally different as he didn’t score any points, Aggies' guards were doing a better job on him. He probably had too much pressure to handle while under the boos of the crowd after beinn called for a technical at the same time as Nelson.

"I think it was a combination of us doing a decent job on him, him getting a little tired and the fans getting all over his rear end. I think it was a combination of all those things. He certainly had a tough second half," added Morrill.

The Aggies changed their defense strategy in the second half and played changing defense instead of the straight man defense they had in the first half.

"We had a much better second half, it’s really encouraging, everyone played really well," said Nelson. The Aggies had a 30-7 run, enabling them to lead 74-37 after a lay-up by John Neil with 8:32 left.

"The start of the second half was kind of the difference in the game. They had a hard time scoring and we made a few shots and all of a sudden we had a nice lead," said Morrill. Anteaters coach Pat Douglass said, "We were not quite physical enough to be able to stay in it with Utah State,"

"They are just too tough for us, they dominated us on both ends of the court. They are the better team," he added.

During the last 40 seconds USU substitutes Tyler Williams and Jimmie Edwards added two three-pointers, and the Anteaters trailed by 38 points. The Aggies outrebounded the Anteaters 36-27, and shot 55.6 percent from the field while the Anteaters shot 36 percent.

The Aggies will face the Idaho Vandals Friday night for their last home game before playing in the Big West Tournament in Anaheim, Calif., beginning March 9.


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