Jan. 24, 2006
RENO, Nev. - Nate Harris scored a game-high 21 points and added 12 rebounds and three blocks to lead Utah State to a 59-53 Western Athletic Conference road win against Nevada late Monday night.
Utah State, who has now won four straight and nine of its last 10 games, improved to 13-4 overall and 5-2 in league play, while Nevada, who has lost four of its last seven, dropped to 13-4 overall and 3-3 in the conference.
After falling behind 7-0 in the first 5:22 of the game, Utah State responded with a 16-2 run over the next 4:14 to take a seven-point lead. USU extended its lead to 10 points at 27-17 on a three-point play by Harris with 1:45 remaining in the half and went into the locker room up 10 at 29-19.
Harris led Utah State with 12 points and seven rebounds in the opening period as the senior forward was 4-7 from the field, while the rest of the team was just 6-24. In the first half, Utah State shot just 32.3 percent from the field, but held Nevada to just 29.6 percent shooting, as the Wolf Pack was 8-27 from the field.
Nevada's Nick Fazekas scored the first four points of the second half to get the Wolf Pack within six, but Utah State responded with four points of its own on a dunk by Cass Matheus and a lay-up by Harris to get the lead back to 10.
Utah State took its biggest lead of the game at 42-31 with 7:37 remaining on another three-point play from Harris. Nevada then made one final charge at the Aggies by scoring eight straight points over the next 3:04 to get within three at 42-39. USU then got back-to-back three-pointers from junior Durrall Peterson to extend its lead back to nine at 48-39 with 3:17 remaining. Nevada could get no closer than five points from that point as USU made eight straight free throws in the final :48 seconds to seal the win.
Peterson finished the game with 10 points for Utah State, while Matheus added a career-high 13 rebounds. Harris, who has scored 20 points in a game for the sixth time this year, tied his season-high with 12 rebounds tied his season-high, to go along with a season-high three blocks.
Nevada was led by Nick Fazekas who had 16 points and nine rebounds, while Kyle Shiloh added 14 points.
Utah State finished the game by shooting 35.8 percent from the field, but did convert 6-17 three-pointers, and shot a season-high 88.2 percent from the free throw line (15-17). Nevada shot just 33.8 percent from the field, and made just 3-17 shots from behind the arc. USU also out-rebounded the Wolf Pack 42-36, which helped off-set 15 Aggie turnovers as compared to just seven for Nevada.
Utah State will return to action on Fri., Jan. 27 when it hosts South Dakota State in a non-conference game at 7:05 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
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