Aggies Hold Off Wolverines For 69-65 Win Saturday
Dec. 9, 2006
OREM, Utah - An 8-0 run early in the second half was enough for Utah State to hold on for a 69-65 win over Utah Valley State Saturday night at UVSC's McKay Events Center. The win was Utah State's eighth-straight to make it 8-1 on the young season. With the win, the Aggies improve to 4-0 against in-state foes this season and have won 10 of the last 11 against teams from the state of Utah.
Senior guard Durrall Peterson tallied a game and season-high 20 points, including hitting a three-pointer from deep in the right corner with 58.7 seconds left, and then iced the game with a pair of free throws with 18.8 ticks on the clock.
Junior guard Jaycee Carroll netted 18 points, stopping his streak of 20-point games at seven in a row. Carroll led USU with a game-high six rebounds, leading the Aggies to a 25-22 rebounding advantage.
It was the first-ever meeting between the two in-state schools, and pushes the Aggies record against teams from the state of Utah to 18-5 over the last seven years and 19-10 all-time under head coach Stew Morrill.
Utah Valley State, who lost for just the fifth time at home over the last four years, fell to 5-4 on the season.
The Aggies shot a sizzling 68.0 percent (17-25) from the field in the second half and 56.3 percent (27-48) from the field in the game. USU was also 5-15 (33.3 percent) from three-point range, and 10-12 (83.3 percent) at the free throw line.
The Wolverines shot 47.9 percent from the field goal and were 6-23 (26.1 percent) from behind the three-point arc. UVSC also was 13-14 (92.9 percent) at the charity stripe.
There were nine ties and eight lead changes in the first half alone, as Utah State's biggest deficit was four at 6-2 and the Aggies' largest lead was one on four different occasions. UVSC took a 27-26 lead into halftime.
Down 33-32 after a three-pointer by UVSC's Richard Troyer with 16:48 to play in the game, Carroll sparked the Aggies' 8-0 run to put them ahead, 40-33. The streak was capped by a bucket by junior center Stephen DuCharme with 13:50 left, and Utah State never trailed again, although there were two ties partway through the game.
The Aggies had four seven-point leads, the last at 54-47 with 7:39 to go, but the Wolverines clawed back to knot it at 56-all.
With Utah State on top 64-63 with the clock closing down to a minute left, junior guard Mikel Watson in-bounded the ball to Peterson with four seconds on the shot clock and Peterson drained the trey to put Utah State ahead, 67-63. UVSC's David Heck hit a bucket, two of his 15 points to pull the Wolverines within two, but after consecutive fouls, Peterson drilled the two free throws to seal the win.
Utah State continues its two-game in-state road swing by heading to Provo, Utah next Saturday, Dec. 16 to take on in-state foe Brigham Young. Tip-off is set for 4:05 p.m.
The Aggies return to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum to host IPFW on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 7:05 p.m.
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