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Utah State holds off San Francisco rally to win 82-64 at Chase Center – Cache Valley Daily

Dan Akin. Photo by Lorene Hale SAN FRANCISCO – Facing its highest rated opponent in what was essentially a road game, playing without its starting point guard, making a mere five 3-pointers and its leading scorer not playing as dominant as usual was…absolutely no problem for Utah State. The Aggies found other ways to not only win, but dominate at times on their way to an 82-64 win over San Francisco in the Chase Center on Sunday evening. The closest Utah State came to being in trouble after the opening exchange of blows at the start of the game was a pair of San Francisco runs, one in the first half and another in the second. The Aggies went up 22-10 mid-way through the first half, and while the Dons cut that lead to 28-23 USU responded with a 14-1 run for a 42-28 advantage. And in the second half a 64-42 Utah State lead was impressively cut down to 66-59, but yet again the Aggies responded by grinding the lead back up to 18 by the end of the game. Even with those runs by San Francisco, the Aggies were overall successful in their one goal for Sunday’s game:

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Utah State to play Memphis in First Responders Bowl – Cache Valley Daily

LOGAN – It became official Sunday afternoon. Utah State will participate in its 15th official NCAA bowl game this year and 10th in the last 12 years. The Aggies will travel to Dallas, Texas to take on Memphis in the First Responders Bowl on Dec. 27. This will be Utah State’s first-ever appearance in the 12 year-old First Responders Bowl. The Aggies will be the third Mountain West team to participate (Air Force in 2021, UNLV in 2013). Like the Aggies, Memphis went 6-6 this year witha 3-5 record in conference play to finish eighth in the American Athletic Conference. Memphis have been bowl eligible nine straight seasons but are just 2-5 in those games (the Tigers did not play out its bowl game last year as its opponent, Hawaii, backed out due to players testing positive for COVID-19). This year’s matchup will be the eighth all-time between Utah State and Memphis but the first since 1977. The Aggies and Tigers faced each other seven times between 1965 and 1977 when USU was independent (Memphis was also independent for a couple of those meetings). Memphis holds the all-time series lead 4-3. Utah State overcame remarkably low odds to achieve bowl

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

Photo by Lorene Hale LOGAN – Utah State barely skated by Utah Tech in its last game and while the Aggies came out victorious, they didn’t come out unscathed. USU will be down its starting point guard as it heads to California to take on the highest-rated opponent of the season on a “neutral” court. San Francisco will test Utah State in every way from depth to defense. Should the Aggies leave the Bay Area still undefeated it’d be the most impressive feat by the team to date. How to watch Tip-off: 6:30 p.m. MT Location: Chase Center | San Francisco, CA Broadcast: WCC Network Aggie GameDay Coverage on KVNU (102.1 FM/610 AM & KVNU mobile app): 5:30 p.m. MT KVNU Aggie Call (102.1 FM/610 AM, KVNU mobile app): Immediately after game ends Injuries Utah State G – Rylan Jones – OUT (Concussion) Jones left Thursday’s game after being struck inadvertently in the face. He looked visibly dazed and Ryan Odom confirmed the senior suffered a concussion on the play. Odom said Jones would be out Sunday, adding “we don’t know how long” Jones will be sidelined. San Francisco No reported injuries Projected Starters Utah State (6-0) G

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Simons’ career-best 45 points carries Portland past Utah – Cache Valley Daily

Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons (1) shoots as Utah Jazz forward Jarred Vanderbilt (8) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Anfernee Simons scored a career-high 45 points and blocked a potential 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 116-111 win over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night. “I wanted to be aggressive and set the tone for my teammates,” Simons said. “Early on, let them know that we are in this game and I’m going to do whatever it takes for us to win it.” The Jazz led 111-110 after Kelly Olynyk’s twisting jumper and then had a chance to tie it at 114, but Simons swiped the ball from Jordan Clarkson as he rose for a 3-point attempt from the right angle. “I just tried to catch him before he went up. … Kind of a risky play, but I’m glad I got it,” Simons said with a chuckle. The Trail Blazers had lost seven of their last eight games before winning this thriller as Damian Lillard missed his seventh game with

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