Jan. 6, 2005
LOGAN, Utah - Jaycee Carroll hit eight three-pointers en route to a career-high 28 points to lead Utah State to an 80-70 win against UC Santa Barbara in Big West Conference basketball action here Thursday night. Utah State improved to 10-3 overall and 1-1 in Big West play, while UCSB fell to 4-7 and 2-2.
Carroll was eight of 12 from three-point range, just one make shy of the school record of nine set by Jay Goodman at Brigham Young in 1990. On the night Carroll was 10 of 16 from the field as he topped his previous scoring best of 21 points at BYU earlier this season.
UC Santa Barbara, which was limited to seven healthy players, was paced by Joe See, who matched Carroll with an identical eight of 12 from three-point range en route to 26 points for the Gauchos. Chrismen Oliver added 12 points and Josh Davis chipped in 10 points.
After a sluggish start for both teams, USU jumped out to a 28-14 advantage with less than six minutes remaining in the first half. Carroll drilled three three-pointers in a three minute span to give the Aggies a boost.
However, UCSB fought back, outscoring the Aggies 11-3 to end the first half trailing just 36-30. USU then pushed the margin to 16 to start the second half and appeared ready to cruise to victory leading 66-47 with 10 minutes left.
A late UCSB spurt pulled the visitors within 77-70 with 1:26 left, but three free throws by Chris Huber sealed the victory for Utah State.
USU dominated the boards outrebounding UCSB 44-21. The Aggies also hit 52.6 percent of their field goal attempts, while limiting the Gauchos to just 40.4 percent shooting. On the night UCSB hit 13 three-pointers, while the Aggies connected on 11 of 19 attempts.
The Aggies will host Cal Poly on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. That game, as well as all games the rest of the season, will be broadcast on the radio in Salt Lake City on Sports Radio 1280 The Zone in addition to KVNU (610 AM) and KVFX (94.5 FM) in Logan.
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