Chameleon Newbold continues to show versatility

LAS CRUCES, N.M. ‘ When Tyler Newbold says he’ll do anything to help his team win, he really means it ‘ offense or defense.
The good thing about Newbold is he’s like a chameleon: He changes and adapts to his environment.
‘I want to do whatever I need to do to help my team to be able to have a chance to win,’ Newbold said. “Whether that’s going out and trying to spend every ounce of energy trying to guard someone or trying to score as well.’
In the last seven or eight games, Newbold hasn’t been called upon to score, but Thursday night the Aggies’ 85-65 victory over San Jose State in the first round of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament, his scoring proved to be vital.
‘They were flocking to him (Jaycee Carroll) so the plays we ran were able to get me open looks because they were so focused on him and I was able to knock down shots,’ Newbold said.
Newbold hit 7-of-8 shots (5-of-6 three-pointers), which opened up the game for post players Tai Wesley and Gary Wilkinson, who had 15 points each, and fellow perimeter player Carroll, who finished with a game-high 24.
‘If you have a player like Carroll who draws so much attention from the help defenders, Newbold is smart and he is working angles,’ San Jose State coach George Nessman said following the game. ‘He did a god job of working off screens early in the game and got a couple of open looks we wouldn’t like him to get, and I think it was certainly one of the big factors in the game.’
It seemed when Newbold got hot and dropped a three-bomb, Carroll would soon follow. Early in the game, Newbold drilled two straight three-pointers and Carroll followed with two.
‘He hasn’t hurt us in the first two game and he really lit it up tonight,’ Nessman said of Newbold. ‘He’s a good shooter and we were aware of him, there’s no doubt.’
Early in the second half, Newbold, who is 13-of-16 from the field including 10-of-13 from the three-point line in two career games at the Pan American Center, knocked down one and Carroll followed with one on the next possession. Later in the game, Newbold scored five straight points and then Carroll scored five of the Aggies’ next seven points.
Together Newbold and Carroll combined for 43 points on 17-of-22 shooting, including 9-of-12 from the three-point line.
‘Tyler was on fire,’ Utah State coach Stew Morrill said.
Often times Newbold doesn’t have the luxury of knowing which facet of his game he’ll need to do before hand, but he has that uncanny ability to adapt on the fly.
‘Before a game I try to think about playing hard and taking what is given to me and not forcing anything,’ he said. ‘I was able to get a lot of open looks early so I just took the shots and was able to knock them down.’

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