Feb. 10, 2005
LOGAN, Utah - Jaycee Carroll scored 22 points to lead a quartet of Utah State players in double figures as the Aggies ripped visiting Cal State Northridge 77-57 to gain sole possession of second place in the Big West Conference race here Thursday night.
USU improved to 18-5 overall and 9-3 in the conference, while Cal State Northridge fell to 12-10 and 9-4 in league play. USU, which has won seven straight games since losing at Cal State Northridge back on Jan. 15, has won each of those games by at least 20 points.
Carroll hit four of eight three-pointers to record his fifth 20-point game this season. The freshman had scored 19 in the two teams' earlier meeting at Northridge when the Matadors claimed a 70-67 victory.
Spencer Nelson scored 17 points on seven of eight shooting from the field, while adding six rebounds and four assists in just 25 minutes of play. Cass Matheus scored 13 points, just three shy of his career high and Nate Harris chipped in 12 points and a career-best 15 rebounds.
Cal State Northridge was led by Ian Boylan, who had team bests with 19 points and nine rebounds. He also had a game-high four steals. Etoagwara Onyenegecho had 14 points for the Matadors.
The Aggies, who lead the nation in field goal percentage, shot at least 50 percent from the field for the eighth straight game as they converted on 55.8 percent of their attempts, including 58.3 percent in the second half.
Meanwhile CSN shot just 38.9 percent and converted just 11 of 19 free throw attempts as well. The Aggies out-rebounded the Matadors 35-28.
Cal State Northridge jumped out early in the game and led 11-5 four minutes into the contest. USU went on a 22-6 run to post a 27-17 advantage with 5:49 left and the visitors never got close than five points the rest of the half.
CSN opened the second half with four straight points to cut the margin to six, but the Aggies scored 10 of the game's next 14 points and CSN never got closer than 52-43 the rest of the way.
USU will host 24th-ranked Pacific on Saturday at 8:35 p.m. The late start is to accommodate CSTV, which will air the game through various cable stations and satellite networks. CS Northridge will play at Idaho on Saturday.
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