Jan. 12, 2006
LOGAN, Utah - Nate Harris scored 20 points to lead Utah State to a 75-69 win against Boise State in the Aggies' first ever Western Athletic Conference home game. With the win, Utah State improved to 11-4 overall and 2-2 in the WAC. Boise State fell to 8-6 and 1-2.
Harris hit seven of 11 field goal attempts and added eight rebounds in the game. USU had three other players in double figure scoring as Jaycee Carroll had 14, David Pak 11 and Durrall Peterson 10. Boise State was led by Coby Karl, who scored a game-high 23 points.
Utah State held Boise State to 35.5 percent shooting from the field after the Broncos entered the game second in the conference in shooting percentage. Boise State hit just 28 percent in the first half and trailed 41-33.
A quick three-pointer on the opening possession of the second half by Carroll gave USU a 44-33 advantage to match its biggest lead of the game. Trailing 51-41, Boise State scored seven straight points to pull with 51-48 with 13:16 remaining.
However, USU pushed its margin back to nine points at 59-50 on a three-pointer by Nick Hammer. Boise State cut it to three on several occasions the rest of the way, including 72-69 with just more than one minute remaining.
However, Carroll hit two free throws to put USU up 74-69 and after a Karl three-pointer rimmed out, Chris Session sealed the game for USU with one free throw.
The physical game resulted in 43 personal fouls being called, but neither team could take advantage of its trips to the free throw line as Boise State was 17 of 23 and Utah State was just 15 of 24.
USU out-rebounded the visitors 45-32, but Boise State stayed in control offensively committing just seven turnovers in the contest.
Cass Matheus led the Aggie rebounding effort with 10, while Harris added eight and Session six. Boise State's Kareem Lloyd was the game leader with 15 rebounds.
Utah State will host Idaho on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. in its next action, while the Broncos will travel to Nevada on Saturday.
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