Jan. 31, 2006
LOGAN, Utah - Nate Harris powered his way to 19 points and added 11 rebounds to lead Utah State to a 63-52 victory against Hawai'I on ESPN's Big Monday television package here late Monday night.
Utah State stretched its homecourt winning streak to 14 straight games in improving to 15-4 overall and 6-2 in Western Athletic Conference play. Hawai'I fell to 10-8 overall and 4-4 in the league.
Harris recorded his fourth double-double of the season with his 11 rebounds just one shy of his season best. The senior forward scored six straight points as the Aggies opened up a 20-point lead at 45-25 to start the second half.
Jaycee Carroll added 13 points, while Chris Huber drained all three of his three-point attempts in the first half en route to 11 points. Point guard David Pak handed out six assists to go with four points and five rebounds.
Hawai'I was led by Julian Sensley, who scored 14 points. Deonte Tatum added 10 points and five assists for the visitors.
After gaining the 45-25 lead with 17:07 left in the game, USU watched Hawai'I go on a 15-2 run to pull within 47-40. The Aggies went 9:13 without a basket before Carroll hit the first of his two straight three-pointers to give the Aggies a 53-40 lead.
The physical game saw both team struggle shooting the ball as USU made just 44 percent of its attempts, well below its season mark of 50.5 percent, which ranks ninth in the NCAA. Hawai'I shot just 38.2 percent as the Aggies held the opponent to less than 40 percent shooting for the fourth straight game.
The victory was also the 400th collegiate victory for Aggie head coach Stew Morrill as he improved to 400-196 in his 20th year as a head coach, including a 182-58 mark in seven-plus years at Utah State.
Earlier this season the Aggies lost at Hawai'I 69-59 in the conference opener for both teams.
Utah State will hit the road for two straight games, playing at New Mexico State on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. and at Louisiana Tech on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. The LTU game will be tape delayed on KJZZ - TV beginning at 3 p.m. MST.
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