Feb. 18, 2006
LOGAN, Utah - Nate Harris scored a game-high 27 points, including 19 in the second-half to lead Utah State to a come-from-behind 66-63 win against Northwestern State in the fourth annual ESPN Bracket Busters presented by eBay here Saturday night.
Utah State improves to 18-6 overall with the win, while Northwestern State had its eight-game winning streak snapped a falls to 18-7 on the year with the loss.
Northwestern State raced out to an early nine-point advantage at 15-6 with 14:48 remaining and went into the locker room up 13 at 34-21 as it shot 46.2 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from three-point range, making 6-12 shots from behind the arc. Conversely, Utah State shot just 34.8 percent in the opening period, and made just 1-8 three-pointers.
Utah State scored the first nine points of the second-half to cut the lead to four at 34-30 before Northwestern State got its advantage back up to 11 at 49-38 with 10:25 remaining. Utah State then went on an 11-0 run over the next 2:36 to tie the game at 49 with 7:49 to go.
With Northwestern State leading 58-52 with 4:41 remaining, Utah State went on a 10-3 run over the next 2:50 to take its first lead in nearly 36 minutes at 62-61 on a free throw from Chaz Spicer. With USU up one, the Demons got two free throws from Tyronn Mitchell to go ahead 63-62 with :57 seconds remaining. Jaycee Carroll was then fouled on Utah State's next possession and made both free throws to give the home team a one-point advantage. On the following possession, Clifton Lee was fouled for Northwestern State, but missed both free throws with :11 seconds remaining. Carroll was then fouled and converted two more free throws with :07 seconds remaining to give USU the come-from-behind three point win.
Carroll finished the game with 19 points, while Harris added a season-high tying 12 rebounds to go along with his 27 points, as he recorded his fifth double-double of the year.
Northwestern State was led by Lee who had 20 points, while Jermaine Wallace scored 12.
Utah State finished the game by shooting 46.9 percent from the field, including 57.7 percent in the second-half. Northwestern State shot 42.0 percent overall, but made just nine second-half field goals. USU also out-rebounded the Demons 34-28.
Utah State will return to Western Athletic Conference action as it travels to Boise State (13-12, 5-8) on Thur., Feb. 23 at 7:35 p.m. (MT). USU's next home game will be on Sat., Feb. 25 when it host Nevada (20-5, 9-3) at 7:05 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
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