Dec. 8, 2007
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Jaycee Carroll scored a game-high 27 points and Gary Wilkinson tied his season-high with 21 points to lead Utah State to a convincing 88-66 win at Cal State Bakersfield here Saturday night as head coach Stew Morrill started two freshmen for the first time in his 10 years at USU.
Utah State, who snapped an eight-game road losing streak with the win, improves to 6-5 on the year, while CS Bakersfield falls to 1-7 on the season with the loss.
Freshmen Tai Wesley and Tyler Newbold both had career nights for Utah State in their first-ever start in an Aggie uniform as Wesley tied his season-high with 12 points to go along with a season-high six rebounds, while Newbold recorded season-highs of nine points and six rebounds. The duo also combined to shoot 8-of-8 from the field in 49 total minutes of action.
Terrance Johns scored 20 points to lead Cal State Bakersfield, while Alex Johnson added 14 points and five assists.
Following a three-pointer from Johnson to give the home team the lead, Utah State slowly took control of the game and led 21-11 on a three-pointer by Carroll with 9:45 remaining. The Roadrunners then went on a 16-4 run as it made four straight three-pointers to lead 30-28 with 4:42 remaining. The Aggies then finished the half with a 9-3 run to go into the half leading 47-40.
In the first-half, Utah State shot a blistering 61.5 percent from the field (16-26) and 60.0 percent from three-point range (6-10), while CS Bakersfield made 51.9 percent of its shots (14-27), including 63.6 percent from behind the arc (7-11). USU was led by Wilkinson's 17 first-half points, while Carroll scored 14 points in the opening period.
Utah State took its biggest lead of the game on a jumper by Stephen DuCharme at the 15:26 mark of the second-half to make the score 58-43 before the Roadrunners scored six straight points to get within nine. The margin remained between nine and 13 points for the next three-plus minutes before USU finally broke the game open with an 11-3 run to lead 73-56 with six minutes to play.
The Aggies margin ballooned to 24 on a three-pointer by Pooh Williams with just under a minute to play to match USU's largest lead of the season, before notching the 22-point win.
Utah State finished the game by shooting 60.8 percent from the field (31-51) and 60.0 percent from three-point range (9-15), while limiting Cal State Bakersfield to just 36.4 percent shooting (20-55). USU also out-rebounded the Roadrunners, 34-28, and added 19 assists.
Utah State will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 15 when it hosts Prairie View A&M at 7 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum as the Aggies open a five-game homestand against the Panthers.
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