Jan. 5, 2006
SAN JOSE, Calif. - Nate Harris scored a game-high 24 points and added nine rebounds, while Jaycee Carroll added 15 points to lead Utah State to its first-ever Western Athletic Conference win against San Jose State here Thursday night by a final score of 67-56.
Utah State improved to 9-3 overall and 1-1 in league play with the win, while San Jose State fell to 4-10 overall and 0-1 in league play with the loss.
Harris scored 15 first half points for Utah State as the it took a 34-26 led into the locker room at the break despite shooting just 46.9 percent from the field. USU's defense was the key in the first half as it held the Spartans to just 35.5 percent shooting.
Utah State extended its lead to 11 early in the second half at 40-29 on a lay-up by senior point guard David Pak with 16:56 remaining before San Jose State chipped away and got the deficit to four at 42-38 with 14:37 remaining. After trading baskets, Utah State went on a 7-0 run to get its lead back up to seven and the Spartans would get no closer the remainder of the game.
Carroll led the Aggies in the second half with 12 points after scoring just three in the first half, and gave USU its biggest lead of the night with 4:06 remaining on two free throws to extend its advantage to 65-50 before notching the 67-56 win.
Demetrius Brown and Menelik Barbary led San Jose State with 13 points each, while Alex Elam added 12 and Tyree Gardner scored 10.
Barbary scored the first points of the game to give the Spartans a 2-0 led and led for the first 91 seconds of the contest before Durrall Peterson hit a three-pointer to give USU the lead for good.
Overall, Utah State shot 47.6 percent from the field, despite going just 2-of-13 from three-point range. Defensively, the Aggies held San Jose State to 39.3 percent shooting and out-rebounded the Spartans 39-34.
Utah State will return to action on Sat., Jan. 7 as it plays at Fresno State at 8:05 p.m. The Bulldogs, who are 7-4 on the year, will be playing its first league game of the year, while USU will be playing its third-straight league game on the road.
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