Dec. 22, 2005
LOGAN, Utah - Nate Harris scored a career-high 27 points, including 17 in the second half to lead Utah State to a 91-80 win against Brigham Young here Thursday night. With the win, Utah State improved to 6-3 and has won two straight and four of its last five games. BYU dropped to 6-3.
Harris topped his previous career high of 26 points, which he scored against BYU last season. The 6-7 post player hit 11 of 15 shots from the field and added six rebounds and five assists.
In addition Cass Mattheus scored 18 points and matched his career high with 11 rebounds. The 6-10 center hit eight of 11 shots from the field and blocked two shots on the defensive end of the court.
BYU was led by 26 points from Brock Reichner, who drilled 10 of 13 shots, including six of eight three-pointers. Rashaun Broadus added 21 points and eight assists while hitting seven of 11 attempts.
Utah State led by as many as 24 points in the second half at 56-32 before BYU slowly cut into the margin and came within seven points at 69-62 with 8:13 left after back to back three-pointers by Reichner. After USU pulled ahead 76-64, BYU made another run to cut it to 76-69, but USU scored three straight inside baskets and coasted the rest of the way.
USU shot an even 60 percent from the field for its second best field goal percentage of the season (67.1 percent vs. Lewis and Clark) and its 91 points were also second only to 102 vs. Lewis and Clark.
USU limited the visiting Cougars to 46 percent shooting, but BYU shot 50 percent in the second half when it cut into the USU lead.
The Aggies took a 47-32 lead at halftime after starting the game on a 13-2 run. Session scored all nine of his points in the first half, while adding six rebounds as the crowd of 9,251 was the loudest it has been at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum this season.
Utah State will take a break before hosting the annual Gossner Foods Holiday Classic on Dec. 29 and 30. The Aggies will face Arkansas State in the first round, while the other game matches Idaho State and Binghampton.
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