Nov. 21, 2005
LOGAN, Utah - Middle Tennessee had four players score in double-figures led by Adam Vogelsberg's 16 points to lead the Blue Raiders to a 60-59 win against Utah State here Monday night. MTSU improves to 1-0 on the year with the win, while USU drops to 1-1 with the loss.
Jaycee Carroll led Utah State with a game-high 17 points, while Cass Matheus had 13 points and seven rebounds before fouling out with 2:09 remaining in the game. Nate Harris also scored in double-figures for USU with 11 points, and added a game-high nine rebounds and five asssits.
With the game tied at 59, Middle Tennessee's Bud Howard made one of two free throws with 1:27 remaining to give the home team a 60-59 lead. Utah State had one final chance to win the game with :3.3 seconds remaining, but a 10-foot jumper by Harris in the lane bounced off the rim as time expired.
Utah State finished the game by scoring just one point in the final 4:03, while Middle Tennessee scored just two points on free throws during that time.
Middle Tennessee held its biggest lead of the game at 23-15 mid-way through the first half, but Utah State fought back to tie the game at 30 with 2:24 remaining and went into the locker room tied at 34.
In the first half, Utah State shot 56.0 percent from the field as Harris and Carroll each had nine points for the Aggies. Howard led MTSU with 11 first half points, while Vogelsberg had 10.
In the second half, Utah State opened up its biggest lead of the game at 41-35 with 16:47 remaining on a lay-up by Matheus. The Blue Raiders then out-scored USU 9-2 over the next two-plus minutes to regain the lead at 44-43.
Utah State finished the game by shooting 46.8 percent from the field, but just 57.9 percent from the free throw line as the Aggies were 11-19 from the line. Middle Tennessee finished the game by shooting just 35.8 percent from the field and just 26.1 percent from three-point range, but were 16-22 from the free throw line. USU also out-rebounded MTSU 34-33, but also committed three more turnovers in the game.
Next up for Utah State will be its home opener on Sat., Nov. 26 when it hosts Division III Lewis & Clark College at 7:05 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
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