Strong Second Half Propels Utah State To 71-45 Win Against Utah
Dec. 4, 2004
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State outscored visiting Utah 39-17 in the second half to turn a close game into a blowout in this in-state rivalry as the Aggies cruised to a 71-45 win here Saturday.
With the win, Utah State improved to 5-1, while Utah fell to 4-2 with the loss. Utah State has now won five of the last seven games played in this series.
Senior forward Spencer Nelson led the Utah State effort with a game-high 21 points, while adding five assists, two blocks and two steals. Junior center Nate Harris chipped in 20 points and a team-best six rebounds, while freshman guard Jaycee Carroll had 18 points, while making four of five three-pointers.
Nelson, who had scored a total of 22 points in his previous three games against Utah, had 13 of his total in the second half. The senior made six of eight shots from the field, including his first three-pointer of the season.
Utah was led by Andrew Bogut and Marc Jackson, who each scored 15 points. Bogut had a game-high nine rebounds.
For the game USU shot 65 percent, including a blistering 82.4 percent in the second half as the Aggies made 14 of 17 shots from the field after halftime. Utah meanwhile made just 41.5 percent of its attempts and turned the ball over 16 times to USU's 10.
Utrah trailed just 38-34 with 17:10 left in the second half, but the Aggies went on a16-3 run in the next six minutes to push its advantage to 54-37. Nelson, Harris and Carroll scored all of the Aggies' points in the run.
The Aggies are now 2-0 in in-state games having defeated Brigham Young on Dec. 1. USU still has two more in-state games left on the schedule with a home game against Weber State on Saturday and a visit to Brigham Young on Dec. 18.
Utah State will play its first true road game of the season when it travels to Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne on Tuesday. Utah will host Montana Western on Wednesday.