The Daily Aggie :: 01/14/11

The huge news of the day is that Aggie head soccer coach Michael Needham has accepted the same position at the University of Rhode Island, his alma mater. Needham guided the Aggies from the program's inception and guided the Aggies to a 9-9-1 record in their inaugural season and a 7-8-3 record in their sophomore season. We wish Coach Needham and family all the best at URI.

The Aggie men had no trouble with Hawai'i last night winning 82-64. The Aggies led by as many as 30 points in the second half and played very solid defense most of the game. The Warriors got hot toward the end of the game making the final score a little closer than the actual game was.

For the second straight game the Aggies were able to get a key play from the opposing team in foul trouble early. Last Saturday it was center Greg Smith, last night it was center Bill Amis.

The Aggies got a little scare from Troy Gillenwater who "tweaked" his ankle in pregame warmups and then sat out the first 14 minutes of the game. His absence illustrates his importance to the team. Without Gillenwater in the lineup, the Aggies led UH by just four, 25-21. With Gillenwater in the lineup the Aggies built as much as a 30-point lead.

The Aggies host San Jose State on Saturday night. The Spartans picked up their first victory of conference play beating Louisiana Tech, sans Adrian Oliver who sat out with concussion-like symptoms. Those symptoms could also keep him out of Saturday's game against the Aggies which would be a huge loss for the Spartans.

On to today's links...

Aggie Men's Basketball
Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News recaps last night's win.

Jason Groves also recaps the UH loss for the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Teddy Feinberg of the Las Cruces Sun-News believes the Aggies should finish near the top in a weak WAC.

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