Nov. 29, 2006
BROOKING, S.D. - Jaycee Carroll recorded his second double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Utah State rallied from a six-point deficit to record a 56-50 road win here Wednesday night.
Utah State, who has now won five straight games after losing its season-opener at Northwestern State, improves to 5-1 on the year, while South Dakota State falls to 1-7 with the loss.
After leading 30-19 at the break, Utah State was out-scored 28-11 during the first 12:33 of the second-half and trailed 47-41 before the Aggies finished the game on a 15-3 run to notch the six-point win. During the final 7:27 of the game, USU regained the lead on a 8-0 run highlighted by six straight points from Carroll.
Neither team played well at the beginning of the game as USU scored just two points in the first 4:44 on a lay-up by DuCharme and lead 2-1 at the first media timeout. USU then extended its lead to 10 points at 17-7 with 8:31 remaining and led by 11 at the half despite committing 14 first-half turnovers.
During the first 20-minutes, Carroll scored 14 points and added eight rebounds, while DuCharme had eight points and seven rebounds. As a team, USU shot just 38.7 percent from the field, but held South Dakota State to just 25.0 percent shooting.
South Dakota State was led by Matt Cadwell who scored 14 points and added seven rebounds, while Garrett Callahan scored 10 points off the bench.
Utah State finished the game by shooting a season-low 42.3 percent from the field and a season-low 16.7 percent from three-point range as it connected on just two-of-14 three-point attempts. However, USU held South Dakota State to 33.3 percent shooting from the field and 16.7 percent shooting from behind the three-point line, both of which are season-lows for an Aggie opponent.
Utah State also finished the game with a season-high 44 rebounds to go along with its season-high 23 turnovers.
Utah State returns to action on Sat., Dec. 2 when it hosts Idaho State in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum at 7:05 p.m.
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