Feb. 3, 2007
LOGAN, Utah - Stephen DuCharme scored a game-high 19 points to lead Utah State to its 10th straight home win as the Aggies held off a San Jose State rally to defeat the Spartans 66-57 here Saturday night.
USU improved to 16-7 overall and snapped a two-game WAC losing streak to move to 5-4 in league play. San Jose State fell to 3-19 and 2-8.
In all, four Aggies reached double digits, as in addition to DuCharme's 19, which were just three shy of his season high, Durrall Peterson scored 13, Chaz Spicer netted 12 and Jaycee Carroll added 11, keeping active his season long streak of scoring in double figures.
San Jose State also had four players score in double figures, paced by 13 points by Menelik Barbary, Carlton Spencer and Tim Pierce.
With USU leading 56-55 with 4:46 remaining, Peterson and Chris Session each hit two free throws to begin a 10-0 run which put the game away. Peterson added a key three-pointer in the final stretch as USU held off the Spartans.
Early in the second half SJSU led 36-33, but the Aggies went on a 15-2 run to gain a 48-38 advantage. DuCharme scored five points in the run. However, SJSU clawed its way back into the game before the Aggies pulled away.
DuCharme scored seven straight points early in the game just prior to an Aggie run which gave USU a 26-17 advantage. However SJSU scored 13 straight points and took a 30-29 lead into the lockerroom.
USU shot 47.6 percent from the field while holding the visitors to 41.7 percent. USU also used a tremendous advantage at the free throw line, making 18 of 24 attempts, while SJSU made two of its five attempts. In all SJSU was whistled for 17 fouls, while the Aggies wer called for just eight violations.
Snapping the two-game losing streak, the Aggies avoided losing three straight games for the first time since the end of the 1999 campaign. USU improved to 100-29 in league games over the last eight years and has won 48 of its last 63 conference games dating back to 2003.
Utah State will host New Mexico State on Monday at 7:05 p.m.
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