Utah State Holds On For 57-56 Win At San Jose State
Jan. 20, 2007
Utah State, who has now won five straight games, improves to 15-5 on the season and 4-2 in league play with the victory, while San Jose State falls to 2-15 overall and 1-4 in the WAC with the loss.
Utah State, who has now won consecutive one-point games and four straight over the last two years, improved to 12-0 on the season and 23-2 when Carroll scores 20 or more points in a game.
San Jose State was led by Menelik Barbary who finished with 16 points, while Jamon Hill scored 13 points, and Carlton Spencer had 12 points.
Utah State used an 11-1 run early in the second-half to turn a 34-34 game into a 45-35 advantage for the visitors with 12:13 remaining. During the run, Carroll scored 10 of his 16 second-half points.
After San Jose State cut the Aggies lead to six, USU got back-to-back buckets from Carroll to extend its lead back to 10 with 6:14 remaining. However, the Spartans hit back-to-back three-pointers to cut the lead to five before Spicer scored on a lay-up to give Utah State a 57-50 lead with 3:33 remaining.
In the final 3:33 of the game, Utah State missed four straight shots and had a turnover which allowed San Jose State to claw its way back into the game and trailed by one with 1:12 remaining after Barbary scored on a dunk.
After Utah State committed a turnover with :32 seconds remaining, San Jose State had a chance to regain the lead, but Julian Richardson was called for traveling with :06 seconds remaining. The Spartans then fouled Spicer on the in-bounds play with :04 seconds remaining. Spicer then missed the front-end of a one-one-one allowing SJSU one more chance at the win, but a 35-footer by Spencer hit the backboard and bounced off the rim as time expired.
San Jose State lead 18-13 midway through the first-half before Utah State went on a 10-2 run to take a 23-20 lead as Nick Hammer made two three-pointers during the run. The Spartans then finished the first-half with a 7-2 run to take a 27-25 lead into halftime.
In the first-half, San Jose State was led by Barbary's 10 points as they shot 47.8 percent from the field. Utah State shot 41.7 percent from the field and was led by Spicer's eight points.
Utah State finished the game by shooting 46.2 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three-point range, while San Jose State shot 46.5 percent overall and 44.4 percent from behind the arc. Both teams had 25 rebounds, while the Spartans had three more assists (18-15), but also had four more turnovers (14-10).
Utah State will return to action on Sat., Jan. 27 when it plays at nationally ranked Nevada (17-2, 5-1) at 8:05 p.m. (MT). The game against the Wolf Pack will be televised live in the state of Utah on Fox Sports Net Utah.