Dec. 6, 2006
LOGAN, Utah - Chaz Spicer hit a three-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining to lift Utah State to a 60-57 victory against Utah in an intrastate basketball battle here Wednesday night. The Aggies improved to 7-1 with the victory while Utah fell to 3-4.
After Utah had gained its first lead of the night at 50-48, the teams kept it close the rest of the way. USU went ahead 54-52 on a jumper by Spicer at 3:48, but Utah scored back-to-back baskets, including a three-pointer by Johnnie Bryant to take a 57-54 lead with just under one minute remaining.
Utah State tied the game on its next possession as Jaycee Carroll drained his fifth three-pointer to make it 57-57. After a missed layup by Utah's Ricky Johns, the Aggies came down and Mikel Watson hit Spicer who canned the three-pointer for the victory.
Utah State was led by Carroll, who scored a season-high tying 27 points to record his seventh straight 20-point game. Spicer added a season-high tying 12 points and a season-best six rebounds, while Stephen DuCharme scored eight of his 10 points in the first half.
Utah was paced by a trio of double-figure scorers in Luke Nevill, who had 16, Bryant, who scored 14, and Shaun Green, who scored 12. In addition to that trio scoring 42 of the Utes' 57 points, they combined for 21 of the team's 26 rebounds.
The back and forth game featured alternating baskets by both teams until USU scored consecutive hoops by DuCharme and Peterson to take a 24-18 advantage. The Aggies then took a 27-21 lead into halftime.
Utah did not score consecutive baskets until midway through the second half when it closed the USU lead to 46-45 after a Bryant three-pointer. USU led for the first 32 minutes of the game until the visitors tied the game at 48 with 7:44 remaining in the contest. The Utes took their first lead at 50-48 before the see-saw ending.
Utah outshot the Aggies 55 percent to 48.1 percent, including a 60.9 percent clip in the second half. Utah also enjoyed an advantage at the free throw line, making eight of 12 attempts, while Utah State was 0 of three from the line.
Utah also out-rebounded the smaller Aggies 26-25, but USU managed to pull down 11 offensive boards, including three by the 6-2 Carroll.
USU's advantages came in three-pointers made as the Aggies made eight of 16 attempts, while Utah was just five of 14, and in the turnover department, where Utah committed 16 miscues to USU's 12.
The Aggies' 60 points were its second fewest this season (beat South Dakota State 56-50 two games ago), while the 48.1 field goal percentage was the third lowest this year.
USU has now won five of its last seven games in the series, as well as five straight at home against the Utes. The Aggies are now 3-0 in in-state games this year with upcoming contests at Utah Valley State on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and at BYU on Saturday, Dec. 16.
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