Feb. 4, 2006
RUSTON, La. - Durrall Peterson scored the final five points for Utah State, including two free throws with :11.7 seconds remaining to lift the Aggies to a dramatic 63-62 win at Louisiana Tech in Western Athletic Conference action at the Thomas Assembly Center Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Utah State improves to 16-5 overall and into a first-place tie with Louisiana Tech in the conference with identical 7-3 WAC records. The Bulldogs, who lost both games to USU this year, falls to 14-9 overall.
Utah State led by as many as 15 points in the first half and went into the locker room up 13 at 38-25 as it shot a blistering 77.8 percent from the field (14-18) and 75.0 percent from three-point range (6-8). Jaycee Carroll led all players with 14 points at the break as he was 4-5 from three-point range in the opening period.
Louisiana Tech scored the first four points of the second half and got the lead down to six at 42-36 before Utah State got back-to-back three-pointers from Carroll and Peterson to extend its lead back to 10 at 48-38 with 14:17 remaining.
Louisiana Tech then went on a 16-5 run over the 7:56 to take its first lead since early in the game at 54-53 on a dunk by Paul Millsap. The lead was short lived, however, as Chaz Spicer converted a three-point play for Utah State on its next possession and the visitors never trailed again.
Utah State followed Spicer's three-point play with two free throws from Nate Harris, to push its lead back to four. Millsap got LTU back to within one at 61-60 with 1:13 remaining, but Peterson's two free throws gave the Aggies a three-point lead. Richardson scored the final points of the game for the Bulldogs with :03 seconds remaining, but LTU could not stop the clock as USU rain the remaining time off the clock without getting fouled.
Carroll led Utah State with 19 points, while Harris added eight points, seven assists and three rebounds. Peterson finished the game with eight points for USU, while David Pak had nine points.
Millsap led all scorers with 25 points to go along with 12 rebounds, while Jerome Richardson had 11 points for the home team.
Utah State finished the game by shooting 56.4 percent from the field and 56.3 percent from three-point range. Louisiana Tech shot 53.1 percent from the field in the second half, and 45.2 percent for the game, but made just 1-14 three-point attempts in the contest. USU also shot well from the free throw line (10-13), while the Bulldogs attempted just nine charity tosses, making five. LTU did out-rebound USU 36-21, including an 18-2 advantage on the offensive end.
Utah State will return to action on Sat., Feb. 11 when it hosts New Mexico State at 7:05 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
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