|By G. Christopher Terry
March 5, 2006 | Utah State outscored Fresno
State, 87-77, Thursday night in the Smith Spectrum,
with all five starters scoring in double figures
as Coach Stew Morrill's squad won its 20th game
of the season.
After having perhaps their worst outing of the
season to date the previous Saturday, the Aggies
responded by putting together a jewel of an offensive
Jaycee Carroll came out of the gate fast, diving
onto the floor and winning a loose ball, crashing
the offensive boards and scoring five early points,
prompting Morrill to call him a "wild colt."
Carroll hit only two threes but compensated
by driving to the bucket aggressively and finished
with 18 points, tied with Nate Harris and Fresno's
Quinton Hosely for the game high.
The Quotable Stew Morrill
On Chris Huber's injury: "I wasn't overly
thrilled. He's our third guard, he's our backup
point, he's our backup two. They tell me he can't
play the second half, what the hell do you think
I'm going to say? 'Great, that's just wonderful.
What would you like me to do?' That's what I said
to the medical people. I said, 'I've got no guards,
what do you want me to do?' They just look at
me, 'What do you want us to do?' I want you to
come God-dang play, that's what I want you to
On USU's next opponent: "You talk about
Boise being snakebit in close games, San Jose
has competed night in and night out. They lost
to Hawaii by one in a game they had won last weekend.
If you just look at the record you're missing
the fact that they can step up and beat someone.
We don't need to let them beat us. We need to
be ready to go; we can't lose our focus."
On the Aggies' response to their last game:
"This is a good group. You've got to remember
that I'm a jerk about little things. Don't raise
your eyebrows at me, don't mutter something when
you come off the court. Don't not shake hands
after the game. We don't act like that around
here. They were very understanding that we got
frustrated the other night and didn't act right.
I was more upset about that than losing the game.
We're gonna act right; I don't give a damn if
we get beat every game, we're gonna act right.
That's my commitment to this university."