Nov. 27, 2004
LOGAN, Utah - Spencer Nelson recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds as Utah State shot a school-record 77.8 percent from the field en route to an 81-55 victory against UC Davis in men's basketball action here Saturday night.
With the win Utah State improved to 3-1, while UC Davis fell to 1-1 with the loss.
The Aggies hit 76.5 percent from the field in the first half before improving those numbers to 78.9 percent in the second half. For the game, USU made 28 of its 36 shots to best its old school record of 69.5 percent set against New Mexico State in 1985.
Eleven of the 12 USU players that saw action scored in the game. In addition to Nelson's team-best 18 points on six of six shooting, Cass Matheus chipped in 16 points on five of five shooting. Marques Crane added nine points, while Nate Harris and Chris Huber each scored eight points. Huber added a game-high four assists as well.
UC Davis was led by Fowzi Abdelsamad, who had 20 points. Ryan Moore chipped in 13 for the visitors, who shot just 38.6 percent from the field.
Holding a 25-20 lead with less than five minutes left in the first half, Utah State went on a 14-4 run to take a 39-24 advantage into the lockerroom. UC Davis never got closer than 13 points in the second half, the latest at 63-50. However USU went on a 15-1 run to stretch its lead to 78-51 with 2:34 left.
While USU held a huge size advantage, the visitors held their own on the boards trailing just 24-19 in that category. The smaller Aggies had eight offensive rebounds to USU's three offensive caroms.
Utah State will continue its three-game homestand with games against Brigham Young on Wednesday and Utah on Saturday at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Tipoff for the BYU game is 7:05 p.m., while the Utah game will start at 4:05 p.m. Both contests will be televised by KJZZ-TV. UC Davis will play at Sacramento State on Wednesday.
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