USU Overcomes Louisiana Tech 64-55 In WAC Basketball Action

Jan. 18, 2006

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LOGAN, Utah - A trio of Aggies scored in double figures as Utah State handed Louisiana Tech its first Western Athletic Conference loss of the season 64-55 here Wednesday night.

With the win the Aggies improved to 12-4 overall and 4-3 in WAC play. Louisiana Tech dropped to 4-1 in the league and 11-7 overall.

USU, which extended its conference best 12 straight home game winning streak, had its second worst shooting night of the season making just 40.6 percent from the field. USU shot just 38.9 percent in a win at Weber State earlier this year.

Despite the off night, USU used a balanced attack to overcome a 20-point, 17-rebound performance by Louisiana Tech's Paul Milsap. Milsap was 10 of 18 from the field and the nation's leading rebounder also grabbed nine offensive rebounds.

Jaycee Carroll scored 14 points for USU, but it came on five of 17 shooting from the field. Nate Harris made five of six shots for 13 points, while Cass Matheus converted six of seven attempts for 12 points. Matheus added four blocks, while Carroll was credited with four steals and Harris had a team best six rebounds.

Harris and Matheus combined for 11 of 13 shooting, while the rest of the Aggies were a combined 10 of 39 as the visiting Bulldogs pressured USU all night long.

However, LTU could manage just 39.3 percent shooting itself and despite out-rebounding USU 39-31, committed 18 turnovers to the Aggies' 10 miscues.

Leading 19-15, Utah State went on a 12-4 run to gain a 31-19 lead late in the second half. However the Bulldogs outscored USU 8-0 to end the half and trailed just 33-27 at the break.

LTU continued to gain ground on USU and gained the lead at 36-35 less than three minutes into the second half. A tight game continued as LTU led 46-43 at the 11:16 mark. However, USU responded and pushed the margin to 58-51 on a layup by Harris with 4:37 remaining. LTU got no closer than three points as the Aggies scored the game's final eight points.



Utah State will play at Nevada on Monday in a game televised on ESPN with tipoff slated for 10:05 p.m. MST.
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