Nov. 19, 2004
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Jaycee Carroll scored a game-high 19 points to lead Utah State to a 71-61 win against Georgia Southern in the opening round of the 2004 BP Top of the World Classic here Thursday night.
Utah State has now won 11 straight season openers dating back to the 1993-94 season and improved its winning streak in the month of November to 13 straight games.
Utah State opened the game on a 15-2 run in the first four minutes of action and went into the locker room with a 44-27 lead after shooting 60.0 percent from the field. Carroll led USU with 12 points at the half.
Georgia Southern fought back in the second half and cut the Aggies lead to seven at 50-43 with just under 15 minutes remaining and later had the lead down to six at 63-57 with just over five minutes remaining, but Carroll scored six straight points for USU to get the lead back into double-digits.
Spencer Nelson added seven points, 10 rebounds and five assists for Utah State, while John Neil and Chris Huber also had seven points. Overall, all 10 Aggies scored in the game and USU got 24 points from its bench.
Georgia Southern was led by Terry Williams who had 15 points and five assists, while Elton Nesbitt added 14 points.
Utah Stated finished the game by shooting 51.0 percent from the field as compared to a 42.6 percent shooting night for the Eagles. USU also out-rebounded GSU 40-24 and had seven more assists (15-8) in the contest.
Utah State will return to action on Sat., Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. (MST) in the second round of the tournament against Central Florida who defeated host Alaska-Fairbanks 74-63 in the first game of the evening.
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