Dec. 1, 2007
LOGAN, Utah - Behind Jaycee Carroll's pivotal three-point shooting and Stephen DuCharme's double-double, Utah State stopped Santa Clara with a tough 71-65 victory in men's basketball action Saturday at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State improved to 5-4 on the season, while Santa Clara is 5-2.
Carroll, a senior guard from Evanston, Wyo., netted four three-pointers in the game to give him 283 for his career, tying Tony Brown (1999-2002) for the school record and finished the night with a game-high 25 points.
DuCharme, a senior forward from Andover, Kan., posted his second double-double of the season and fifth of his Aggie career, tallying 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Junior forward Gary Wilkinson (South Jordan, Utah) tossed in 11 points and five rebounds before fouling out late in the game. Junior guard Desmond Stephens (Bloomington, Ind.) and freshman forward Tai Wesley (Provo, Utah) netted nine points each, while senior guard Kris Clark (Wilmington, N.C.) dished out a game-high seven assists.
Santa Clara was led by Brody Angley's 22 points, while John Bryant had 20 points along with a team-high six rebounds.
USU and SCU tied in rebounding at 26-all, but the Aggies forced 14 Bronco turnovers, which were turned into 23 points. Utah State had only nine turnovers, the second game in a row with single-digit miscues, which Santa Clara scored 14 points.
The Aggies shot 47.7 percent (21-of-44) for the game, including 41.2 percent (7-of-17) from three-point range. The Broncos shot 54.3 percent (25-of-46) from the field, hitting 46.2 percent (6-of-13) behind the three-point arc.
At the free throw line, USU made more (22) than SCU attempted (14), going 22-of-31 (71.0 percent) compared to 9-of-14 (64.3 percent) for the visitors.
Down the entire first half, trailing by as much as nine, Utah State clawed away at a 30-26 halftime deficit and took the lead for the first time at 31-30 after a Carroll trey. That was part of an 18-7 Aggie streak to open the second half, capped by a three-pointer from Clark at 11:54.
Santa Clara pulled to 50-49 at the 8:37 mark on a long trey from the right wing by Jonathan Gunderson, but Stephens countered with a long three-pointer of his own from the left wing with the shot clock winding down, sparking another Aggie run that Carroll capped with back-to-back three-pointers to put USU ahead 66-55 with 3:43 to play, forcing an SCU timeout.
The Broncos stormed out of the break with a 10-1 charge and closed the gap to 67-65 with :55 seconds remaining, but a pair of charity stripe shots by Stephens with :22 ticks left and two more by DuCharme with nine seconds remaining sealed the Aggie victory.
The win was Utah State's 48th-consecutive non-conference regular-season win, the second longest in the country behind Duke's 53 in a row.
USU has now won 42 straight home games in the month of December under head coach Stew Morrill.
Utah State tangles with in-state for Utah on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Salt Lake City. Tip-off is set for 8:05 p.m. at Utah's Jon M. Huntsman Center.
Aggie basketball games are broadcast on KVNU (610 AM) and KLZX (95.9 FM) in Logan, Utah, KFAN (1320 AM) or ESPN Radio (1230 AM) in Salt Lake City and KLZX (105.3 FM) in Montpelier, Idaho, as well as on the internet at www.UtahStateAggies.com through Yahoo! Sports. Al Lewis serves as the play-by-play announcer.
USU then heads to Bakersfield, Calif. on Saturday, Dec. 8 to take on Cal State Bakersfield before returning open to open a five-game homestand at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
The Aggies open the home stretch against Prairie View A&M on Dec. 15 at 7:05 p.m. and then host the Gossner Foods Holiday Classic on Dec. 20-21, facing in-state foe Utah Valley on Dec. 20 at 8:05 p.m.
For Utah State basketball ticket information, fans can go to www.UtahStateAggies.com and click on "tickets" or call the USU Ticket Office at 1-800-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305.
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