Peterson Scores Career-High 26 Points In 81-70 Win Vs. Utah Valley State

Jan. 10, 2007

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LOGAN, Utah - Durrall Peterson scored a career-high 26 points and added a season-high seven rebounds to lead Utah State to an 81-70 win against Utah Valley State here Wednesday night.

With the win, Utah State improved to 11-5 overall as well as 5-1 in in-state games. USU had beaten UVSC 69-65 at Orem, earlier this year. UVSC fell to 10-6 on the year.

Peterson and backcourt mate Jaycee Carroll combined to hit 13 three-pointers as the Aggies pulled away in the final minutes of a hard-fought contest. Carroll finished with 21 points on the night after hitting seven of nine three-pointers.

UVSC was led by Ryan Toolson, who had 16 points off the bench. The visitors also received 14 points from both Matt Peterson, a Logan, Utah product, and Jordan Brady.

Peterson scored 20 of his 26 points in the second half as he was six of 10 from behind the arc during the game. USU's 13 treys tied for the second most in school history behind the 20 made at New Mexico State last season.

Utah State never led in the first half and trailed at the break 35-33. UVSC pushed their advantage to seven points at 40-33 just one minute into the second half before the Aggies went on an 8-0 run behind a pair of threes by Peterson to gain a 41-40 advantage.

The teams stayed with two points of each other for the next seven minutes before USU's Stephen DuCharme scored on a layup and added a free throw for a 53-48 USU lead at the 12:06 mark.

UVSC pulled within one at 55-54 on a Toolson three-pointer, but the Aggies went on a 9-2 run to lead 64-56 and UVSC was never closer than six points the rest of the game.

The Aggies shot 52.3 percent from the field, including hitting 13 of 23 three-pointers for 56.5 percent from behind the arc. USU also used an advantage at the free throw line making 22 of 31 attempts, while UVSC was 14 of 17.

The visiting Wolverines shot 46.2 percent, made eight three-pointers and hit 14 of 17 free throws. Both teams handled the ball well as the Aggies committed just 10 turnovers, a season-low, and UVSC had 12 miscues.

The teams were even on the boards with each team grabbing 28 rebounds. UVSC's Brady had a game-high 10 rebounds, while USU was led by Peterson with seven.

The Aggies played just seven players and Carroll played all 40 minutes of the contest.

The UVSC game was the first of four straight home games for the Aggies, who will host Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Idaho next Monday and Boise State on Thursday, Jan. 18. All three games are slated to tipoff at 7:05 p.m.



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