Utah State Opens Season With 72-67 Overtime Win At Oral Roberts

Nov. 19, 2005

Final Stats

TULSA, Okal - Nate Harris scored a game-high 23 points, while Jaycee Carroll added 20 to lead Utah State to a season-opening 72-67 overtime win against Oral Roberts here Saturday night.

Ken Tutt scored 23 points for Oral Roberts, while Caleb Green added 14.

Utah State has now won 12 straight season openers, including five straight away from home under head coach Stew Morrill.

Utah State controlled much of the first-half and led 34-25 at the break behind 11 points from Harris as USU shot 47.6 percent from the field in the opening period and held Oral Roberts to just 29.2 percent shooting.

Carroll scored 16 points in the second-half for Utah State, including eight points in the first three minutes to give the Aggies its biggest lead of the game at 44-31 with 17:02 remaining.

Oral Roberts out-scored Utah State 14-4 over the next five minutes to cut the lead to three at 48-45, and then went on an 8-3 run to take its first lead of the second-half at 53-51. ORU then extended its lead to 57-54 before USU scored five straight points to regain the lead at 59-57. The Golden Eagles then got four straight points from Larry Owens to take a 61-59 lead, before Carroll tied the game at 61 on a short jumper with :46 seconds remaining.

In overtime, Oral Roberts scored first before Utah State got back-to-back layups from Chaz Spicer and Harris to take the lead at 65-63. ORU tied the game one more time at 67 with 1:41 remaining, before USU finished the game on a 5-0 run as Carroll gave the Aggies the lead for good on a short jumper. Utah State's final three points came on a free throw by Spicer, followed by two free throws from Chris Huber with six seconds remaining.

Overall, Utah State shot 47.1 percent from the field and 76.9 percent from the free throw line (20-26), while Oral Roberts shot 41.7 percent from the field and 72.2 percent from the free throw line (13-18). Both teams made four three-pointers in the contest as USU was 4-18 from deep and the Golden Eagles were 4-21.



Utah State will return to action on Mon, Nov. 21 when it plays at Middle Tennessee at 6:05 p.m. (MT), before opening its home season on Sat., Nov. 26 against Lewis & Clark College at 7:05 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
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