Dec. 5, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah scored the first 11 points of the game and never looked back in beating Utah State, 72-48, Wednesday night at UU's Huntsman Center. It was the 220th meeting between the Aggies and the Utes, the second-longest rivalry in USU's history.
Utah now leads the all-time series 129-91, including 77-32 in games at Salt Lake City with the Utes winning nine of the last 10 on their home court.
The Aggies even their season record at 5-5 with the loss, while the Utes improve to 5-2.
Junior forward Gary Wilkinson (South Jordan, Utah), led Utah State with his first double-double in a USU uniform by posting 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Senior All-American guard Jaycee Carroll(Evanston, Wyo.) tallied 11 points, hitting one three-pointer to give him sole possession of USU's career three-pointers record with 284, pulling away from a tie with Tony Brown (1999-2002).
Utah was led by Luke Nevill's double-double with game-highs of 20 points and 14 rebounds while Kim Tillie added 16 points and Tyler Kepkay netted 11, hitting three three-pointers in the first half.
USU shot 17-of-46 (37.0 percent) from the field, including just 4-of-17 (23.5 percent) behind the three-point arc.
UU made 53.7 percent (29-of-54) of its shots, hitting 50.0 percent (9-of-18) from three-point range, including 7-of-9 (77.7 percent) in the first half. The 50 percent three-point shooting is a season-high for a USU opponent.
The Aggies were 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) at the free throw line while the Utes were 5-of-7 (71.4 percent) as both attempts and makes were USU opponent season-lows.
Utah had a 34-25 rebounding advantage and the Aggies had 13 turnovers compared to 10 miscues for the Utes.
UU made its first four shots to open the game, scoring 11 unanswered points by hitting three treys with a dunk by Nevill squeezed in between.
Utah stretched its lead to 16 at 22-6 at the 11:42 mark on Kepkay's third three-pointer of the first half. The Aggies' deficit was double-digits for the rest of the game, closing to 11 at 27-16 after back-to-back buckets by Carroll. However a three-point play from Utah's Lawrence Borha and a dunk by Nevill pushed Utah's lead back to 16 at 32-16 with 4:43 left in the half.
USU again trimmed the gap to 11 at 32-21 with 2:33 remaining on a pair of Carroll free throws but couldn't get any closer from there on out, as Utah took a 38-23 halftime lead.
The Aggies closed to 47-37 at the 13:14 point of the second half after a three-pointer by junior guard Desmond Stephens (Bloomington, Ind.), but six straight points by the Utes put the game out of reach.
USU next heads to Bakersfield, Calif. on Saturday, Dec. 8 to take on Cal State Bakersfield before returning to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum to open to open a five-game homestand.
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.
Utah State 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 while Rod Tueller serves as the analyst during home games.
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