Nov. 19, 2006
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Jaycee Carroll scored a game-high 21 points and was named the tournament Most Valuable Player as he led Utah State's men's basketball team to a 68-55 win against Weber State in the championship game of the 2006 BP Top of the World Classic here Sunday night.
Utah State improves to 3-1 on the season with the win, while Weber State drops to 3-1 with the loss. USU has now won five straight games against the Wildcats and six of its last seven overall.
Stephen DuCharme, who was also named to the all-tournament team for Utah State, finished the game with 16 points and was a perfect seven-of-seven from the field. During his last two games, DuCharme is 17-of-17 from the field.
For the third straight game, Utah State started fast as it raced out to an early 15-3 lead in the first 5:10 of the game. During the run, USU forced Weber State into four turnovers. The Aggies extended its lead to 17 points on a lay-up by Chris Session with 3:28 remaining and went into the locker room up 14 points at 36-22.
In the first half, Utah State shot 53.8 percent from the field as compared to 42.1 percent shooting for Weber State. Overall, the Aggies forced 11 Wildcat turnovers in the first half as compared to just six for USU. Carroll led all scorers at the break with 10 points.
Weber State opened the second-half with a mini-run and cut Utah State's lead to seven at 38-31 with 15:19 remaining, but USU responded with an 8-0 run to extend the margin to 15. The Aggies got its biggest lead of the game at 59-41 on a lay-up by Carroll with 7:02 remaining and the Wildcats could get no closer than nine points the rest of the way as USU notched the 13-point win.
Arturas Valeika paced Weber State with 18 points, while David Patten added eight points and five rebounds.
Utah State finished the game by shooting 50.9 percent from the field, while Weber State shot 51.2 percent, including 59.1 percent in the second-half. However, the Wildcats also committed 18 turnovers in the game and had just seven assists.
Utah State will return to action on Sat., Nov. 25 when it hosts Weber State at 7:05 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
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