March 1, 2007
LOGAN, Utah - Chaz Spicer hit two free throws with 3.8 seconds to lift Utah State to a 79-77 overtime win against ninth-ranked Nevada here on Thursday night. The Aggies improved to 21-9 overall and 9-6 in the WAC while Nevada dropped to 26-3 and 13-2.
USU recorded its first win against a team ranked as high as ninth since defeating then ninth-ranked Utah in the 1998-99 season.
Stephen DuCharme scored a team-high 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while Jaycee Carroll scored 14 of his 18 points after halftime to lead the Aggie effort. Spicer had 17 points, including the game-winning free throws. It was the second time this year Spicer hit game-winning free throws in the final seconds as he also beat Utah with a pair of charity tosses earlier in the season.
Nevada was led by 25 points from Marcelus Kemp and 20 points and 10 rebounds from All-America candidate Nick Fazekas.
Utah State trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half before mounting a comeback against the Wolfpack, which had won nine straight games before Thursday.
The Aggies opened the second half on a 10-0 run to cut the margin to 44-42 and took the lead at 48-47 on a jumper by Kris Clark. However, Nevada quickly pushed the margin to seven points at 60-53 after three three-pointers during a 13-5 run.
Nevada led 62-56 with 9:01 remaining before another 10-0 USU run made it USU 66-62 with 3:56 left. Carroll scored nine straight points as the Aggies pulled ahead 71-67 with 2:17 left.
After a layup by Kemp tied the game at 71, USU turned the ball over and a three-point attempt by Nevada's Ramon Session bounced off the rim to force overtime.
Nevada jumped out to a 75-72 lead in the extra period, but USU rallied with a layup by Carroll, which tied the game at 77 with :45 left.
With 3.8 seconds remaining, Fazekas fouled Spicer, who after a timeout, stepped to the line and drained both free throw attempts. A desperation halfcourt attempt by Kemp was off the mark and the Aggies pulled the upset.
After shooting just 38 percent in the first half, USU rebounded to shoot 55 percent in the second half and finished the game at 45.6 percent. Nevada made just 41.4 percent of its attempts, but drained 11 of 24 hree pointers and hit all eight of its free throw attempts.
The visiting Wolf Pack out-rebounded USU 45-33 but were hurt by 16 turnovers to USU's 12.
Kris Clark and Durrall Peterson handled the point-guard duties out front and combined for 15 assists and just three turnovers for Utah State. Peterson had eight points, eight assists and six rebounds, while Clark had five points and seven assists.
Carroll finished one rebound shy of a double-double as he pulled down nine boards. DuCharme added eight rebounds, including seven on the offensive end of the floor.
Utah State will close out the regular season portion of its schedule hosting Fresno State on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. The game will be the final home appearance for seniors Peterson, Spicer and Chris Session.
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