Nov. 21, 2000
Utah State's basketball team lost to Austin Peay State in the championship game of the Top of the World Classic in overtime by a final score of 80-76 to fall to 2-1 on the season. The Governors improved to 3-0 on the year with the victory. The loss is the first regular season defeat for the Aggies since Jan. 8, 2000, against Brigham Young, a span of 18 games. It was also the first time that Utah State has lost in 40 games when leading at half-time.
The Aggies seemed to have complete control of the game early, as USU raced out to a 15-2 lead. Austin Peay State slowly chipped away at the Aggie lead and got the game back to within three at 26-23 with seven minutes remaining in the half. USU finished the half with a 17-10 run to take a 10-point lead into half-time.
Utah State opened the second half with two straight baskets by senior center Dimitri Jorssen (Theux, Belgium) to increase its lead to 14 points at 47-33, before the Governors went on a 14-1 run to cut the Aggie lead to one-point at 48-47. USU then went on a 7-0 run to take the lead back to eight points and had a seven point lead with six minutes remaining. The Governors closed the game by scoring 13 of the final 19 points to tie the game at 67 at the end of regulation. The tie was only the second of the game as the Aggies lead throughout the contest.
In the overtime period, Utah State never got the lead as APSU opened the five-minute period with two straight three-pointers and a free-throw to get a four-point lead. The Aggies closed to within two points with 22 seconds remaining, but APSU made two free-throws with 13 seconds left to win the game.
Utah State had four players score in double-figures in the game lead by Jorssen's 16, which tied a career-high for the senior. Senior Curtis Bobb (Aurora, Colo.) added 15 points on five three-pointers, while fellow seniors Shawn Daniels (Bakersfield, Calif.) and Bernard Rock (New York, N.Y.) had 12 and 11 points each. Junior Tony Brown (Hyrum, Utah) had just eight points in the game after scoring 22 and 21 points in the first two nights of the tournament, but did have a team-high six assists in the game. Brown and Rock were named to the all-tournament team for the Aggies.
As a team, USU shot 55.3 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from behind the three-point line. Austin Peay shot 50.9 percent overall and 45 percent from three-point range.
Utah State will be in action this Saturday, Nov. 25, when the Aggies host Colorado-Colorado Springs at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, beginning at 7:05 p.m.
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