Nov. 24, 2007
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas - Jaycee Carroll scored 20 points and added 12 rebounds, while Stephen DuCharme also scored 20 to lead Utah State to a convincing 75-62 win against Iowa in the consolation finals of the 2007 South Padre Island Invitational here Saturday night.
Utah State evens its record at 4-4 on the young season with the win, while Iowa falls to 4-2 with the loss.
DuCharme, who scored 20 points against Vanderbilt a night earlier, was named to the all-tournament team as he was 18-28 (.643) from the field during the tournament.
Carroll, who recorded the sixth double-double of his career against the Hawkeyes, moved ahead of Cornell Green (1,890) and into fourth-place on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,895 points as the senior guard was 5-of-8 from the field, 4-of-5 from three-point range and a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line, not to mention adding five assists. USU also got a solid performance from junior DeUndrae Spraggins who scored a season-high 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting, while senior point guard Kris Clark recorded a career-high nine assists, with just one turnover.
Iowa was led by Justin Johnson who finished with 14 points on 5-of-16 shooting, while Kurt Looby and Jarryd Cole each scored 10.
Utah State scored the first points of the game on a three-pointer by Spraggins and quickly built a seven-point lead on a jumper by Carroll to make the score 11-4 six minutes into the game. Iowa cut the lead to two on a jumper by Seth Gorney and trailed 18-16 before USU went on an 8-0 run to increase its lead to 10. The Aggies margin grew to 12 points on a pair of free throws by DuCharme and USU went into the locker room up nine at 36-27.
In the first-half, DuCharme led Utah State with 13 points as the Aggies shot 48.1 percent from the field and committed just four turnovers, while Iowa shot 39.1 percent, but were just 2-of-11 from three-point range.
Iowa opened the second-half with four straight points to get within five and trailed by five at 40-35 with 17:24 to play before Utah State went on an 8-2 run to extend its lead to 11. The Hawkeyes fought back and got within five again on a jumper by Johnson, but USU answered with another 8-2 run to take control of the game. Iowa did get within eight points on a three-pointer by J.R. Angle with 9:34 to play, but USU scored seven straight points to push the margin to 15 points en route to the 13 point win.
Utah State finished the game by shooting 50.0 percent from the field (24-48) and a season-high 58.8 percent from three-point range (10-17), while Iowa shot 43.1 percent overall (22-51) and just 25.0 percent from behind the arc (5-20). USU also out-rebounded the Hawkeyes 31-27 and recorded a season-high 21 assists and a season-low seven turnovers.
Utah State will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 1 when it hosts Santa Clara in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum at 7 p.m.
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