Jan. 28, 2005
IRVINE, Calif. - Spencer Nelson scored 18 of his 25 points in the second half to lead Utah State in a 77-52 rout of UC Irvine Thursday night.
Nelson made 10 of 12 shots, including both 3-point attempts, in finishing one point shy of his career best.
Aaron Fitzgerald scored 18 points and Ross Schraeder had 15 points for the Anteaters (9-7, 3-5), whose three-game winning streak ended.
Irvine held a 27-25 lead with 5:44 left in the first half but Utah State used a 7-0 surge to take a 32-27 halftime lead. The Aggies started the second half with a 6-0 spurt to build a 38-27 advantage with 2:45 gone in the half.
The Anteaters narrowed their deficit to 40-33 but Nelson made two 3-pointers during an 8-0 run that extended Utah State's lead to 48-33 with 12:31 remaining.
The Aggies, second in the nation in field-goal percentage, shot 72 percent in the second half and 59.6 percent for the game.
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