Nov. 17, 2006
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Jaycee Carroll scored a game-high 27 points, including 17 in the first-half to lead Utah State's men's basketball team to a 77-71 win against Centenary in the opening round of the 2006 BP Top of the World Classic here Friday night. Utah State improves to 1-1 on the young season with the win, while Centenary drops to 1-2 overall with the loss.
After leading by 20 at half-time, Utah State struggled for much of the second-half as it scored just six points in the first 12:26 of the second period as Centenary cut the lead to 52-46. The Aggies then scored five straight points on a three-pointer by Nick Hammer and a jumper by Chris Session to lead by 11 with 6:46 remaining. USU increased its lead to 13 on two free-throws by Carroll with :32 seconds remaining and withstood a late surge by the Gents to notch the six-point victory.
Utah State scored the first seven points of the game and increased its lead to 14 at 21-7 on a three-pointer by Mikel Watson with 13:49 remaining. Centenary cut the margin to eight at 25-17 on a jumper by Nick Stallings with 9:04 remaining, before the Aggies went of a 21-5 run over the next seven-plus minutes to take its biggest lead of the game at 46-22. The Gents scored the final four points of the half to cut the margin to 20 at the break.
In the first-half, Utah State shot 50.0 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from three-point range (7-13), while Centenary shot 46.7 percent from the field.
Durrall Peterson added 11 points and four rebounds for Utah State, while Watson finished with 10 points. Michael Earl had a game-high eight rebounds for the Aggies, while Kris Clark had a game-high six assists.
Chase Adams paced Centenary with 17 points, while Bryan Baumann added 14.
Utah State finished the game by shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 47.8 percent from three-point range as it converted 11-of-23 shots from behind the arc. Centenary, who out-scored USU 45-31 in the second-half, finished the game shooting 57.1 percent from the field after making 63.0 percent of its attempts in the second-half.
Utah State will return to action on Sat., Nov. 18 at 10 p.m. (MT) and play either Drake or Southeast Missouri State in the semifinals of the 2006 BP Top of the World Classic.
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