Jan. 6, 2007
FRESNO, Calif. - Despite a career-high 20 points from Chaz Spicer, including 15 in the second-half, Utah State lost at Fresno State in WAC action 79-70 Saturday night. Utah State drops to 10-5 overall and 0-2 in league play with the loss, while Fresno State improves to 13-2 on the season and 2-0 in the WAC with the win.
Jaycee Carroll added 16 points for Utah State, while Chris Session recorded a career-high 10 rebounds. Carroll now has 1,299 career points and moved ahead of Mike Santos (1,287) and into 14th-place on USU's career scoring list.
After leading by 17 at the break, Fresno State extended the margin to 20 early in the second half on a three-pointer by Kevin Bell. Trailing by 20 with 16:40 remaining, USU went on a 21-8 run to cut the lead to seven at 62-55 with 6:53 remaining. Fresno State then scored seven straight points to increase its margin to 14, only to see Utah State respond with a 13-4 run over the next three minutes to cut the lead to five at 73-68 with 1:23 remaining. The Aggies then recorded back-to-back stops on defense, but also recorded back-to-back turnovers on the offensive end and couldn't get any closer as the Bulldogs scored six of the final eight points to notch the nine point win.
Utah State led 7-5 early in the game before Fresno State went on a 11-3 run to take a 16-10 advantage. USU later trailed by three points at 18-15 before the Bulldogs went on a 15-0 run to extend its margin to 33-15 with 7:43 remaining in the half. The Aggies could get no closer than 14 points the rest of the first half and ended up trailing by 17 at the break.
In the first half, Fresno State shot 58.6 percent from the field and committed just two turnovers, while Utah State shot just 35.7 percent and committed 11 turnovers.
Dominic McGuire led four Fresno State players in double-figures with 19 points to go along with 10 rebounds, while Ja'Vance Coleman added 16 points.
Overall, Utah State shot just 38.7 percent from the field as compared to 50.0 percent for Fresno State. USU did convert 10-of-23 three-point field goals (.435), and was a perfect 12-of-12 from the free throw line, which tied a school record. USU also out-rebounded the Bulldogs 41-29, but also committed eight more turnovers (17-9). The Bulldogs also recorded 10 blocks and 10 steals in the game.
Utah State will return home and begin a season-long four-game homestand against Utah Valley State on Wed., Jan. 10 at 7:05 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. USU will return to league action on Sat., Jan. 13 against Louisiana Tech.
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