Aggies extend streak to 14, set record of 8-0 on the road
By Doug Layne
Who would have thought that a team that won only twice on the road last season and struggled in the preseason could have this much success?
The Aggies improved the nation's longest winning streak to 14 games as North Texas became their latest victim, 76-68, Saturday night at the Superpit in Denton, Texas.
The Aggies began the game as usual -- with a prolific start, taking a 20-8 lead when Brennan Ray, who finished the night with six points, nailed a jumper.
The Aggies had no problem scoring in the first half as they were able to enjoy a 19-point lead. The Mean Green had no answers to the Aggies and saw this one quickly slipping away from them as they never once had the lead during the game.
The game looked as if it were over as Dimitri Jorsseen scored two baskets at the end of the first half. But the Aggies forgot to defend Chris Davis, as he drained a three-pointer from half court at the buzzer.
Davis' shot should have been a sign of what was about to happen in the second half. The Aggies quickly went up by 20 points, but then started to play like the team they use to be.
Six straight turnovers down the court gave helped the Mean Green have a chance to come right back as they went on a 27-10 run to close within three. But that was as close as they could ever come and ended up losing a close one at home.
Shawn Daniels had 17 points to tie his USU record. Daniels also pulled down eight of the Aggies' 52 rebounds.
Three other Aggies scored in double figures as well. Troy Rolle ended with 16, Jorsseen had 14 and Bernard Rock had 11. Tony Brown, who had a career high of 27 on Thursday night, managed to end the game with only three points.
For North Texas, Deginald Erskin finished the game with 20 point and Chris Davis had 24.
Both teams struggled at the line as USU went 12 for 27. UNT went 13 for 25 from the charity line.
USU will now try to complete a perfect Big West season with the last two games at home. The Aggies will play host to Idaho on Thursday and will face rival Boise State on Saturday. Game time for both is 7:05 p.m.