USU Basketball Uses Balanced Attack To Defeat Idaho 83-58

Jan. 14, 2006

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LOGAN, Utah - Four Aggies, led by Jaycee Carroll, scored in double figures as Utah State turned a close game into a blowout, defeating Idaho 83-58 in men's basketball action here Saturday night.

Carroll scored a team-high 19 points, including 14 in the second half as the Aggies improved to 11-4 overall and 3-2 in the Western Athletic Conference. Idaho fell to 3-11 and 0-4. USU has now won seven of its last eight games. In addition, the Aggies have won 11 straight home games dating back to last season.

After a tight first half where USU led by just 23-20 with 6:15 remaining, Cass Matheus turned into a one-man scoring show for the Aggies. The 6-10 center proceeded to score 12 of USU's next 17 points spilling into the second half as the Aggies went on a 19-5 run to push their lead to 44-27 early in the second period.

USU pushed the margin to as many as 30 points at 76-46 and coasted to the victory, its 18th in the last 21 meetings between the two schools.

Matheus finished with 14 points in the game on six of nine shooting and was one rebound shy of recording a double-double. Matheus, who also added two blocks, played just 20 minutes in the contest.

Other Aggies in double figures included Nate Harris, who had 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists, as well as Chaz Spicer, who came off the bench to score 10 points.

Utah State, which shot just 42.9 percent from the floor en route to scoring just 30 first half points, its second fewest in an opening period this year, hit 62.5 percent in the second half to finish at 53.3 percent.

Meanwhile Idaho shot just 44.2 percent from the field and had two players in double figures in Tanoris Shepard, who had a game-best 22 points and Keoni Watson, who finished with 14 points.



The Aggies drilled 10 of 21 three pointers as Jaycee Carroll made five of eight and Chris Huber was three of four behind the arc. Idaho was just four of 15 from behind the line.

Utah State will conclude its three-game homestand, hosting Louisiana Tech on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7:05 p.m.. The Aggies will then play at Nevada on Monday, Jan. 23 at 10 p.m. MST on ESPN.

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