Jan. 8, 2005
With the win, Utah State improved to 11-3 overall and 2-1 in the Big West Conference. Cal Poly fell to 3-9 and 1-4. USU also improved to 14-1 all-time against the Mustangs and has won seven in a row in the series.
In addition to Harris and Carroll, Cass Matheus and Chris Huber each came off the bench to chip in 14 points, while Spencer Nelson added 10 points. Cal Poly was led by Dawin Whiten, who scored a game-high 18 points.
In addition to leading USU in scoring, both Harris and Carroll had game-high six rebounds. Huber, whose 14 points were a career high, also added a season-high matching five assists as well. Matheus's 14 points were just two shy of his career best.
The Aggies struggled in the first half shooting just 37 percent from the field, but limited Cal Poly to just 33.3 percent. USU took a 34-25 advantage into the lockerroom.
In the second half, the basket opened up for the home team as USU hit 14 of 20 shots for 70 percent in running out to the 11-point victory. On the game USU shot 51.1 percent while Cal Poly made just 43.4 percent.
The Aggies scored 20 of their points at the free throw line, making 20 of 31 charity tosses, while Cal Poly was a perfect 10 of 10 on its limited free throw attempts.
USU jumped out to a quick 41-28 advantage to start the second half, but a 12-0 run by Cal Poly pulled the visitors within 41-40 at the 15:52 mark. However USU used free throws and inside baskets to push the margin to 54-44 with 12:10 left. From there Cal Poly got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Utah State will travel to Pacific on Thursday for an 8:05 p.m. mountain time tipoff before playing at Cal State Northridge on Saturday. That game will be televised on Fox Sport Rocky Mountain at 3:05 p.m. mountain.
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