Nov. 17, 2007
IRVINE, Calif. - Jaycee Carroll scored a game-high 21 points, but was the only Utah State player to finish in double-figures, as UC Irvine rolled to a 70-51 win here at the Bren Events Center Saturday night.
Utah State, who is 2-3 on the season, has now lost back-to-back games for just the 13th time in the last eight years. The 19-point deficit was also the worst for a USU team since it lost to Nevada by 20 points, 75-55, on Feb. 25, 2006 in Logan. UC Irvine improves to 2-1 with the win.
Kevin Bland scored 15 points and added eight rebounds to lead UC Irvine, while Chuma Awaji and Brett Lauer each scored 14 points.
Stephen DuCharme scored nine points and added a season-high 11 rebounds for Utah State.
Utah State scored the first four points of the game on baskets by DuCharme and Carroll before UC Irvine answered with eight straight points. USU broke open a close game midway through the first period with a 13-0 run to take a 22-12 advantage before the Anteaters finished the half with a 23-3 run to lead by 10 at the break, 35-25.
UC Irvine then scored the first four points of the second-half to extend its lead to 14 before Utah State scored at the 15:27 mark on a jumper by DuCharme. USU eventually cut the lead to six on a pair of free throws by DuCharme with 11:35 to play, but UC Irvine responded with a 13-0 run to extend it margin to 19 at 57-38 with 8:30 to play. The lead ballooned to 25 points on a jumper by Trey Harris before the Aggies scored the final six points of the game.
In all, UC Irvine had a 45-16 run during an 17:00 minute stretch of the game that went from the 5:33 mark of the first half to the 8:30 mark of the second half.
Utah State finished the game by shooting a season-low 36.2 percent from the field (17-47), while UC Irvine shot 47.3 percent (26-55). The Anteaters also made 8-of-21 three-pointers (.381) and all 10 of its free throws, while USU was 6-of-15 (.400) from behind the arc and 68.8 percent from the free throw line (11-16). The Anteaters also forced Utah State into 18 turnovers, which resulted in 13 steals for the home team. UCI also out-rebounded USU, 31-30.
In the first-half, UC Irvine shot 48.1 percent from the field (13-27) and made 5-of-11 three-pointers (.455), while Utah State was just 10-of-27 from the field (.370). Carroll led USU with 10 points at the break.
Utah State will return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 20 when it hosts Austin Peay at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
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