Feb. 5, 2005
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Spencer Nelson scored a game-high 19 points and Utah State shot 71.1 percent from the field to set a new Thunderdome record as the Aggies rolled over UC Santa Barbara 80-50 here Saturday night.
Utah State (17-5, 8-3 in the Big West) is riding a season-high six-game winning streak, including four straight on the road, as USU has won those six games by an average of 26.5 points. UC Santa Barbara (8-12, 5-7 in the Big West) lost for just the third time at home this year.
After Utah State scored the first two points of the game, UC Santa Barbara took an early 10-4 lead before USU scored 10 straight points to take the lead for good at 14-10 with 14:49 remaining.
Leading 21-17 with 10:48 remaining in the half, USU went on a 25-11 run to extend its advantage to 46-28 at the break. Jason Williams led the Aggies with all 12 of his points in the first half, while Jaycee Carroll and Nelson each had 11 as USU shot 65.4 percent from the field and made 8-of-11 three-pointers.
Nate Harris, who scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half to go along with a game-high nine rebounds, scored the first two points of the second half to give Utah State a 20-point lead. The Aggies biggest lead of the game came on a jumper by reserve center Ian McVey with 1:47 remaining to put USU up by 33 at 80-47.
Along with his 19 points, Nelson also added a season-high nine assists to go along with six rebounds, while Carroll made 6-of-9 shots, including 5-of-7 from three to finish with 17 points.
Along with shooting over 70 percent from the field, USU also made 66.7 percent (10-15) of its three-point attempts, while limiting the Gauchos to just 36.4 percent from the field. USU also out-rebounded UCSB 33-16.
After four straight road games, Utah State concludes its regular season with five of its last seven league games at home, as Cal State Northridge and league-leading Pacific visit the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan next weekend.
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