Jan. 22, 2005
LOGAN, Utah - Spencer Nelson scored 17 points and had seven rebounds and six assists to lead Utah State to a 77-52 Big West Conference basketball win against UC Riverside here on Saturday.
With the win USU improved to 13-5 overall and 4-3 in Big West Conference play. UC Riverside fell to 6-10 and 2-5.
Utah State jumped out to a 10-point lead just seven minutes into the game after a layup by Nelson put the Aggies up 17-7. After a Jaycee Carroll layup gave USU a 27-16 lead with five minutes remaining in the first half, the Aggies' lead never dipped below double-figures for the rest of the game.
Nelson hit six of 10 shots from the field and made five of six free throws while playing a team-best 29 minutes. Carroll was the only other Aggie in double figures as he scored 11 points while adding five rebounds. UC Riverside was led by Rickey Porter, who scored 19 points. Larry Cunningham chipped in 10 points for the visitors.
USU received solid efforts from a number of players as Jason Williams scored nine points for the second consecutive game, David Pak scored nine for 19 points in his last two outings. Nate Harris and Cass Matheus each scored eight, while Harris added a game-high nine rebounds. John Neil chipped in six points on three of three shooting.
USU shot 50.9 percent from the field, marking the 10th time in its last 11 games USU has made at least half of its field goal attempts. UC Riverside meanwhile connected on just 28.6 percent of its attempts, but hit 10 of 23 three-pointers and 10 of 14 free throws.
UCR's 52 points were the third fewest allowed by USU this year (42 by Loyola Marymount and 45 by Utah), while the 28.6 field goal percentage was a season low by the opponents.
The Aggies were never threatened and in fact played 12 different players. Ten of those seeing action scored as Calvin Brown did not take a shot, but handed out a career best five assists in 12 minutes and Jimmie Edwards missed his only field goal attempt.
Utah State will play its next four games on the road beginning with trips to UC Irvine on Thursday and Long Beach State on Saturday. The following weekend the Aggies will play at Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara.
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