Feb. 3, 2005
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Spencer Nelson scored a game-high 17 points to lead Utah State to an easy 81-57 road win at Cal Poly Thursday night at Mott Gym.
Utah State (16-5, 7-3 in the Big West) is riding a season-high five-game winning streak, including three straight road wins. Cal Poly (4-15, 2-9 in the Big West) lost for the ninth time in its last 10 games.
Utah State opened the game on a 13-4 run and lead 23-7 with 13:00 minutes left in the half. With USU up 40-25, Cal Poly scored six of the final seven points to cut the lead to 10 at 41-31 at the break.
The Aggies shot a blistering 66.7 percent (16-24) from the field in the first half and held the Mustangs to 40.6 percent shooting, but USU committed nine first half turnovers to just two for Cal Poly to keep the game close.
The Mustangs opened the second half by scoring the first five points to cut the Aggie lead to five and trailed by just five at 45-40 with 16:13 remaining only to see USU go on a 25-4 run over the next 10-plus minutes highlighted by seven quick points from reserve John Neil and 10 points from Nelson to put the game away.
Utah States biggest lead of the game came with 2:12 remaining on a layup by Neil to give the Aggies a 79-49 advantage.
For the game, Utah State shot 63.0 percent from the field, marking the 13th time in the last 14 games that USU has shot over 50 percent from the field.
Defensively, USU held Cal Poly to just 38.6 percent shooting, including 11.1 percent shooting from three-point range as the Mustangs were just 2-18 from behind the arc.
Andrew Haskins led Cal Poly with 12 points, while Glenn Jones scored 10.
Utah State concludes its stretch of four straight road-games at UC Santa Barbara on Sat., Feb 5 at 8:05 p.m. (MST).
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