Nov. 21, 2004
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Jaycee Carroll scored a game-high 17 points and added a team-high five rebounds to lead Utah State's men's basketball team to a 64-57 win against Northwestern here Sunday. With the win, USU claims third-place in the 2004 BP Top of the World Classic and improves to 2-1 on the young season. The Wildcats dropped to 1-2 overall with the loss.
Once again, Utah State struggled offensively in the second half, going nearly seven minutes without a point as Northwestern turned a 45-35 deficit into a 47-47 tie. With 8:46 remaining in the game, the Aggies got back-to-back three-pointers from Carroll and Nate Harris to build the lead back to six at 53-47 and extended its lead to 64-55 before notching the seven point win.
For the second time in three games, Carroll carried the Utah State offense in the early going as the freshman from Evanston, Wyo., scored seven points in the first five minutes of the game and had 12 at the half as USU shot 62.5 percent from the field in the opening stanza and lead 36-31 at the intermission.
Utah State opened the second half with a 9-4 run as Harris scored six quick points to give the Aggies its biggest lead of the contest at 45-35 with 17:04 remaining in the game.
Harris finished the game with 14 points to go along with five rebounds and three assists, while Spencer Nelson added 12 points and five rebounds.
T. J. Parker and Vedran Vukusic both scored 16 points for Northwestern, as the Wildcats shot 44.7 percent from the field.
For the game, Utah State shot 51.2 percent and was 17-of-22 (77.3) from the free throw line and out-rebounded NU by a 26-24 margin.
Next up for Utah State will be its home opener on Sat., Nov. 27 as it hosts UC Davis at 7:05 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
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