Feb. 25, 2006
LOGAN, Utah - Marcelus Kemp scored 26 points and Nick Fazekas added 23 points and 16 rebounds to lead 25th-ranked Nevada to a 75-57 win at Utah State in men's basketball action here Saturday night.
With the loss, Utah State fell to 19-7 overall and 9-5 in the Western Athletic Conference. Nevada, which has now won nine straight games since losing at home to Utah State on Jan. 23, improved to 22-5 and 11-3.
Jaycee Carroll scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in the second half for Utah State, including a stretch of eight straight points early after halftime, but the Aggies never got closer than five points to the Wolf Pack in the second half.
Utah State entered the game ranked second in the country in field goal percentage at 51.0 percent, but shot a season-low 32.4 percent against the taller Wolf Pack. Nevada meanwhile hit 54.7 percent of its attempts against an Aggie team which was allowing the opponents just 41.0 percent from the field this year.
Nevada's win stopped a five-game winning streak by USU in the series, which included a 59-53 win at Reno earlier in the year. The 18-point loss was USU's biggest margin of defeat at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum since losing 60-41 to Utah in the 1997 season.
Nevada took the sold out crowd of 10,270 out of the game early jumping out to a 16-5 lead at the 12:37 mark. The Wolf Pack built up a 15-point lead in the first half before taking a 37-24 advantage into the lockerroom.
A 5-0 run by USU, which included a jumper by Carroll and a three-pointer by Chris Huber pulled the Aggies with 47-42 at the 11:07 mark of the second half, but Nevada scored eight of the game's next 10 points with two three-pointers by Kemp and a layup by Fazekas to push the margin to 55-44 with 9:27 left. From there USU never got closer than nine points.
USU fell to 110-11 at home in the eight-year Stew Morrill era and has lost two of its last three games in Logan, as New Mexico State beat the Aggies here on Feb. 11.
USU out-rebounded Nevada 39-35 and grabbed 18 offensive rebounds, but struggled from the field and hit just six of 22 three-pointers as well. Both teams committed just seven turnovers, but Nevada recorded seven blocked shots with four by Demarshay Johnson and three by Fazekas.
Utah State will conclude the regular season with home games against Fresno State on Thursday and San Jose State on Saturday. The Aggies will then head to the WAC Tournament in Reno, Nev. the following week.
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