Nov. 20, 2004
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Gary Johnson scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead Central Florida to a 55-52 win against Utah State in the semifinals of the 2004 BP Top of the World Classic here Saturday. The Golden Knights improve to 2-0 on the young season, while the Aggies fall to 1-1.
After trailing for much of the game, Central Florida ended the game by outscoring Utah State 15-5, which included a three-pointer by Kingsley Edwards with 52 seconds remaining to notch the win. The Aggies' Spencer Nelson missed a three at the buzzer as USU lost its first game in the month of November since November of 2000, a span of 14 games.
Utah State had three players score in double-figures as Nelson had 10 points despite shooting 1-of-10 from the field, while Nate Harris and Marques Crane chipped in with 10 points as well. Nelson also had nine rebounds and six assists for USU.
Utah State led 33-30 at the half after shooting 52.6 percent from the field as Harris scored all 10 of his points in the opening stanza.
The Aggies biggest lead of the game came at the 10:26 mark of the second half on a layup by David Pak to give Utah State a 47-40 advantage. However, USU would score a total of five points in the remainder of the game.
Overall, Utah State shot just 30.4 percent from the field in the second half and finished the game by shooting just 40.5 percent. USU was also just 2-of-13 from three-point range in the game, shooting 15.4 percent from behind the arc.
Central Florida shot 46.9 percent from the field and out-rebounded Utah State by two (28-26).
Utah State will play in the third and fifth-place game on Sun., Nov. 21 at 3:30 p.m. (MST) against the loser of the Northwestern-New Mexico State game, which will be played later Saturday night.
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