Jan. 19, 2008
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State senior All-American guard Jaycee Carroll broke USU's career scoring record in leading the Aggies to a 79-64 victory over the visiting Vandals from Idaho Saturday night in Western Athletic Conference action at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Carroll passed Greg Grant for USU's scoring mark.
Carroll passed Grant (1983-86) with his first basket of the night, a three-pointer from the left wing at the 13:35 mark, giving him 2,129 points, topping Grant's 2,127 points. The Evanston, Wyo., native finished the night with 21 points to up his career sub-total to 2,147.
The victory ran Utah State's streak to nine wins in a row as the Aggies have been victorious in 12 of their last 14 games, in improving their overall record to 14-5 with a 4-0 WAC ledger.
Idaho lost for the third-straight game and sixth time in last seven outings in dropping to 4-13 overall and 1-5 in WAC play.
The Aggies beat the Vandals for the sixth meeting in a row and 22nd in last 25 match-ups and USU also improved to 12-1 at home against Idaho. Utah State now leads the all-time series, 27-12.
Carroll was one of four Aggies in double-figures, the third time this season that USU had that many, and the first since against Oral Roberts on Dec. 29. Freshman forward Tai Wesley (Provo, Utah) had 23 points, while junior forward Gary Wilkinson (South Jordan, Utah) logged his second double-double of the season with 15 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Freshman guard Tyler Newbold (Payson, Utah) also recorded a career-high with 13 points.
Wesley snared seven rebounds while Carroll pulled down six, helping USU to a 35-19 rebounding domination. The 19 rebounds ties a USU opponent low, tying Austin Peay on Nov. 20.
Three Carroll three-pointers helped USU shoot a season-best 62.5 percent (five-of-eight) behind the arc, part of a 29-of-48 (60.4 percent) field goal percentage.
Idaho, who shot 44.6 percent (25-of-56) from the field, including 8-of-20 (40.0 percent) three-pointers, also had four players in double-digits, led by Clyde Johnson's 15 points. Michael Crowell tallied 13 points, while Jordan Brooks and Mike Kale added 11 and 10, respectively.
For the second game in a row, Utah State made more free throws than the opponent attempted, as the Aggies were 16-of-19 (84.2 percent) at the charity stripe compared to 6-of-10 (60.0 percent) for the Vandals.
Carroll's milestone points to break the record came on a three-pointer from the left wing, as the ball rattled around the rim before falling through, pulling USU within 17-16. After Idaho made a bucket to go up, 19-16, Carroll drained another trey from almost the same spot, sparking a 16-4 spurt for USU that Wilkinson capped with a three-pointer from the top of the arc to open a 32-23 lead with 8:25 left on the first half clock.
The Aggies stretched their lead to 45-33 at the half, and on their first possession of the second half, Wesley provided the alley and Newbold did the oop with a slam dunk for a 47-33 lead.
Idaho got within nine at 59-50 with 12:20 remaining on a Crowell layup, but a layup from Carroll followed by a Wilkinson dunk regained control for USU at 63-50 at the 10:46 mark.
The Aggies maintained their double-digit lead for the rest of the game, cruising to victory. Carroll was subbed out at 1:02 to a standing ovation from the sellout Spectrum crowd.
After an eight-game homestand, Utah State will play its first road game since Dec. 8 when the Aggies travel to Ruston, La., to take on Louisiana Tech on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. (MT). USU then heads to Las Cruces, N.M. to face New Mexico State on Saturday, Jan. 26, in a game which will be nationally telecast on ESPN2 at 4 p.m. (MT).
The Aggies return home on Saturday, Feb. 2, hosting Nevada at 7 p.m.
USU basketball games are broadcast on KVNU (610 AM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, Utah, KFAN (1320 AM) or ESPN Radio (1230 AM) in Salt Lake City and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com through Yahoo! Sports. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer.
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