Dec. 20, 2005
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's David Pak stepped to the free throw line with his Aggies trailing Oral Roberts 64-63 with 4.4 seconds remaining in the game. The senior point guard then calmly hit his first two free throw attempts of the season and saw a last-second ORU shot fall short as the Aggies posted 65-64 victory here Tuesday night.
With the victory USU improved to 5-3 overall, while Oral Roberts dropped to 5-5.
Pak, scored a season-high 16 points in the game, including 11 of USU's first 15 points. His previous season best was seven at Utah and his career-high remains at 19 vs. Long Beach State last year.
After going up 39-26 early in the second half, USU saw Oral Roberts' Ken Tutt get heated up offensively as the Golden Eagle guard scored 21 of his game-high 29 points in the second half.
ORU closed the margin to 48-46 at the 7:40 mark after a 15-7 run. USU held on and built its lead back up to six points at 56-50 with 4:33 left on a Jaycee Carroll jumper. Carroll would go on to score seven straight points for USU which then led 63-58 with 1:55 left.
Tutt then hit back-to-back three-pointers to give the visitors a 64-63 lead with :31 remaining in the contest. After a foul by Larry Owens in the open court, Pak stepped to the free throw line with 4.4 seconds left.
Pak, who had not attempted a free throw in eight games dating back to last year, hit both as USU hung on to win its 33rd straight non-conference regular season home game.
For just the second time this season, USU had four players score in double figures as Carroll scored a team-best 17 points, followed by Pak's 16 and 13 and 10 points respectively from Nate Harris and Cass Matheus.
Matheus recorded a career-high 11 rebounds in the game, but the Aggies were out-rebounded 43-30 by the Golden Eagles. ORU shot just 37.9 percent from the field, but grabbed 21 offensive rebounds to score on a number of second chance opportunities.
In addition to 29 points from Tutt, Caleb Green chipped in 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
ORU, which shot just 22.9 percent from the field in the first half and trailed 36-20 at the break, outscored the Aggies 44-29 in the second half while hitting 54.8 percent of its field goal attempts.
Utah State will host Brigham Young on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. The game will be televised on KJZZ-TV in the state of Utah.
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