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Funk leads Utah State offensive showcase in win over Santa Clara – Cache Valley Daily

LOGAN – It’s been a different player every night for Utah State in terms of scoring. Taylor Funk took his turn as the leading scorer by pouring in a season-high 22 points to lead USU in its 96-74 blowout victory over Santa Clara on Monday evening at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Funk scored 19 of his points in the first half alone, leading Utah State to a blazing-hot finish to the first half. Though early in the first, the Aggies were in a different funk. During one stretch the Aggies missed eight straight field goals spanning 4:37. The only points during that stretch came on a handful of free throws. Thankfully, USU’s defense held firm so that when Steven Ashworth took the lid off the rim, the Aggies took a 16-15 lead. The turnaround didn’t begin with Funk, but he eventually finished it. Rylan Jones hit back-to-back threes and Dan Akin earned three points the old fashioned way (on an assist from Jones) to turn a 17-16 deficit to a 25-19 lead. That stretch from Jones was a showcase of how much he can help the team beyond his passing and defense. “They’re thinking of him as the facilitator

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Monday Cooldown: Finally .500 again and a chance to repeat rare history

LOGAN – For the first time in nine weeks, Utah State football can cast off the “losing team” moniker, having reached a 5-5 mark on the season after beating Hawaii on Saturday. It’s a solid achievement already for the Aggies to have turned around a 1-4 start into a potential bowl game. Of the 29 times USU has started a season 1-4 (or 0-5) the team has gone on to win five games six times (now seven). It’s hard to turn a start like that around, something that head coach Blake Anderson talked about in his weekly press conference on Monday. “The ability to go out and stay focused and continue to work every day is not a given,” Anderson said. “There’s a lot of teams that when they’re 1-4 they don’t recover. So I think just the resiliency and willingness to work is maybe the best thing about this team.” The major achievement would be actually getting to a bowl game. Of those aforementioned 29 seasons, only one time did USU make it to a bowl: 1993. In that season, the Aggies ultimately started 1-5 and wound up winning the final six games of the season, including the program’s

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Ike Larsen named both MW Freshman and Defensive Player of the Week – Cache Valley Daily

Hawaii running back Tylan Hines (24) gets pulled down by Utah State safety Ike Larsen (19) and safety Luke Marion (17) during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) LOGAN – After a standout performance that helped spur Utah State to victory Saturday at Hawaii, redshirt freshman safety Ike Larsen was named not only Mountain West Freshman of the Week, but also the Defensive Player of the Week. In Saturday’s game, Larsen recorded six tackles, five of which were solo, with one sack, two tackles for loss (a career high) and two interceptions (also a career-high). The latter of those two picks was returned by Larsen for a 36-yard touchdown that put Utah State up 41-24 with 4:33 left in the fourth quarter. “Every week he gets better. He’s got a phenomenal career ahead of him. Love that he’s wearing our colors,” USU head coach Blake Anderson said of Larsen. “He always seems to be calm in the moment, when it’s most critical.” Larsen now has four interceptions on the season which leads the team and is second in the Mountain West. Larsen also ranks 10th on the team

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Embiid scores career-high 59, leads 76ers past Jazz 105-98 – Cache Valley Daily

Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, left, goes up for a shot against Utah Jazz’s Kelly Olynyk during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tyrese Maxey jumped on Joel Embiid’s back and pounded the big man’s chest in celebration of the greatest game in the 76ers center’s career. The frivolity was fitting because Embiid carried the Sixers in the fourth quarter — all while each bucket etched his name alongside the greats in NBA history. Embiid scored a career-high 59 points and added 11 rebounds, eight assists and seven blocked shots in a historically dominant performance, powering Philadelphia to a 105-98 victory over the Utah Jazz on Sunday night. “My teammates knew who had the hot hand and they just had to feed me,” Embiid said. Embiid has clearly rounded back into form over the last week after recovering from an illness. The reigning NBA scoring champion dropped 42 points a night earlier in a win against Atlanta. Embiid scored 26 of Philadelphia’s 27 points in the fourth quarter and he became the first player in NBA history with 50 points, 10 boards, five rebounds, five assists and

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How to watch, projected starters, injuries – Cache Valley Daily

LOGAN – Utah State is 2-0 for the first time since 2019 (a season the Aggies started 7-0) and is looking the part of an at-large NCAA Tournament team. But more, and harder, tests will come. Tonight the Aggies will face a rising Santa Clara program that finished third in the West Coast Conference last year and so far hasn’t shown any backwards steps despite losing a player to the NBA Draft from that third-place team. How to watch Tip-off: 7 p.m. MT Location: Dee Glen Smith Spectrum | Logan, Utah TV Broadcast: Mountain West Network Aggie GameDay Coverage on KVNU (102.1 FM/610 AM & KVNU mobile app): 6 p.m. MT KVNU Aggie Call (102.1 FM/610 AM, KVNU mobile app): Immediately after game ends Injuries Utah State: None Santa Clara: G – Giordan Williams (6-4, Sr.) – OUT Projected Starters Utah State G – Rylan Jones (6-0, Sr.) – 3.0 points | 2.0 rebounds | 4.5 assists G – Max Shulga (6-4, Jr.) – 10.5 points | 6.5 rebounds | 1.5 assists G/F – Sean Bairstow (6-8, Sr.) – 11.5 points | 6.5 rebounds | 1.0 assists F – Taylor Funk (6-9, Gr.) – 15.5 points | 11.0 rebounds |

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