Nov. 15, 2007
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Lorenzo Keeler scored a career-high 19 points, including 13 in the second-half to lead Cal Poly to an 83-69 win against Utah State here at Mott Gym Thursday night. Cal Poly, who is now 2-15 all-time against Utah State, improved to 2-2 on the season with the win, while USU falls to 2-2 with the loss.
Stephen DuCharme tied his career-high with 22 points and added a season-high 10 rebounds for his fourth career double-double, while Jaycee Carroll added 18 points and six rebounds for Utah State. The Aggies next leading scorer was Desmond Stephens with six, while Kris Clark added five points and seven assists.
Titus Shelton also scored 19 points for Cal Poly, while Dawin Whiten scored 17 points and Chaz Thomas added 10.
Utah State scored the first two points of the second-half on a layup by Gary Wilkinson to extend its lead to three at 34-31 before Cal Poly scored 10 of the next 12 points to take its biggest lead of the game at 47-39 with 14:21to play. USU got within five on a layup by Carroll, but Cal Poly answered with a 12-3 run over the next four-plus minutes to take control of the game. The Mustangs lead ballooned to 15 on a pair of free throws by Keeler with 5:03 to play and the Aggies would never get closer than seven points the rest of the game.
The Mustangs outscored Utah State 52-37 in the second-half as they shot 51.7 percent from the field (15-29), including 7-of-12 from behind the arc (.583).
Cal Poly scored the first two points of the game and lead by as many as six early before Utah State rallied a tied the game at 13 on a jumper by Carroll. The Aggies took its first lead of the game on its next possession on a free throw by DeUndrae Spraggins and increased its lead to six on a three-pointer from Desmond Stephens as USU went on a 10-0 run. The Mustangs put together a late 6-0 run to regain the lead at 31-30 before DuCharme scored on a layup with :02 seconds to play to give USU the 32-31 lead at the half.
DuCharme scored10 of Utah State's first 11 points and went into the break with 12 first-half points, while Carroll and Stephens had six points each.
In the first-half, Utah State shot 51.9 percent from the field (14-27) and 40.0 percent from three-point range (2-5), while Cal Poly made just 37.5 percent of its field goals (12-32), but was 5-of-13 from three-point range (.385).
Utah State finished the game by shooting 45.5 percent from the field (25-55) and was 7-of-17 from three-point range (.412), while Cal Poly shot 44.3 percent (27-61) and made 12-of-25 three-pointers (.480). The Mustangs were also 17-of-21 from the free throw line (.810), while the Aggies made 12-of-14 from the charity stripe (.857). USU did outrebound Cal Poly, 35-31, but also committed six more turnovers (15-9).
Utah State will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 17 when it plays at UC Irvine at 8:05 p.m. (MT).
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