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Utah State basketball: Aggies experiment with lineups
First Published Feb 01 2014 09:14 pm • Last Updated Feb 02 2014 12:16 am

Laramie, Wyo. • From the start, Utah State did what it could to get its best talent on the floor.

From the start, it didn’t work out for the Aggies.

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Utah State’s latest attempt to find an answer during its now five-game losing streak was to tinker with the lineup. But there were no concrete solutions for the Aggies in their 74-57 loss to the Cowboys.

"Well, we had to try something," coach Stew Morrill said. "We went with some different guys. Guys that play well get to play."

The problem for Utah State was no one played spectacular in the team’s latest road blowout.

The Aggies went for a starting lineup that featured Kyle Davis and Jalen Moore playing together with Preston Medlin stepping in as point guard. Less than four minutes in, Utah State was down 10-2, and Morrill was already subbing others in. The deficit grew to 10 in the first five minutes before the Aggies found some stability with Danny Berger, Ben Clifford and Jojo McGlaston inserted into the lineup.

The minutes tell how tough it was to find the right mix. Moore played 31 minutes, the most of anyone, including the Aggies’ three starting seniors. Fouls, cold shooting, and Wyoming’s continued efficiency kept Utah State trying to figure out different personnel to push out of the slump.

"We’re just trying to switch it up," Medlin said. "When you lose that many games in a row, you do what you have to do. That’s kind of what coach is trying to do."

It wasn’t without a few surprises. Berger continued a recent run of chipping in a few points per game in one second-half stretch to help narrow the gap.

Perhaps the biggest splash was McGlaston, who had seven points in his 20 minutes. He even drew a postgame nod from Morrill.


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"I was pleased with Jojo," he said. "He hasn’t had a lot of opportunity. He’s had to learn a lot of things. At least he had some fire, made a couple shots."

kgoon@sltrib.com

Twitter: @kylegoon



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