Jan. 13, 2007
LOGAN, Utah - Jaycee Carroll scored 27 points and was one rebound shy of a double-double as he led Utah State to a 69-49 win against Louisiana Tech here Saturday night. The Aggies improved to 12-5 overall and 1-2 in WAC play, while LTU fell to 4-12 and 2-2.
Utah State used a 15-0 run midway through the second half to turn a 46-45 lead into a 61-45 advantage. The Aggies kept the visitors off the scoreboard for nearly eight minutes as LTU went from the 12:55 mark to the 5:05 mark without a point.
In fact, Louisiana Tech scored just four points in the last 12:55 of the game as USU closed the contest on a 23-4 run.
Durall Peterson added 11 points for USU, while Louisiana Tech had three players in double figures, including Chad McKenzie, who scored a team-high 13 points. Harry Disy added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Bulldogs.
The teams stayed even throughout the first half as the biggest lead by either squad was six points until 1:15 remained. LTU jumped out to a 10-4 lead, but the Aggies battled back and the visitor's last lead of the half was 16-15.
LTU did not lead again until Drew Washington hit a three-pointer to put LTU ahead 43-42. USU responded with a Peterson four-point play, which led into the game-ending run.
The physical game featured 21 fouls called on Louisiana Tech and USU hit 19 of 25 from the free throw line, while LTU made seven of 11.
USU shot 48.9 percent from the field and limited the Bulldogs to 36.5 percent, including just 25.0 percent in the second half.
Carroll, who made nine of 15 shots en route to his 27 points, which were two shy of his season best, was the only Aggie to make more than three baskets during the game. Carroll's nine rebounds were just one shy of his season high and he added a season-best five assists.
Nick Hammer provided a spark off the bench, scoring seven points as he made two of three three-pointers for his best offensive output since the season opener when he scored 12 points.
Utah State will turn around and host Idaho on Monday at 7:05 p.m. The Aggies will then close their four-game homestand against Boise State on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7:05 p.m.
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