Dec. 21, 2006
LOGAN, Utah - Behind a season-high 29 points from junior guard Jaycee Carroll and junior forward Stephen DuCharme's first career double-double, Utah State extended its non-conference regular season home winning streak to 42 in a row with a 77-63 win over IPFW Thursday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State has won 42 straight non-conference home games during the regular season, which is the second-longest active streak in the nation behind Duke who has won 49 straight. The last time USU lost a non-conference home game during the regular season was on Jan. 8, 2000 to BYU 82-73.
USU improves to 9-2 with the win, while IPFW lost for the fifth time in the last six outings, falling to 3-9 on the season.
Carroll netted his 29 points on 9-14 shooting from the field, including 4-7 from three-point range, and snared eight rebounds and tied a season-high with four assists.
DuCharme tallied 13 points to go with a season-high 10 rebounds in logging his first double-double in an Aggie uniform. Senior forward Chaz Spicer added 10 points off the bench, while fellow senior forward Durrall Peterson tied a career-high with six assists to go along with six points.
Junior guard Kris Clark snapped a five-game scoring drought by posting four points to accompany five assists and tied a career-high with two steals.
IPFW was led by 17 points from Jaraun Burrows and Zeljko Egeric with 11 points, both off the bench.
Utah State opened the game with smoking guns, hitting nine of its first 13 shots on the way to a smoldering 16-25 (64.0 percent) from the field in the first half. USU finished the night by making 26-53 (49.1 percent) field goals. The Aggies hit 5-13 (38.5) from three-point range, and USU was 20-26 (76.9 percent) from the free throw line.
IPFW shot 24-54 (44.4 percent) from the field and 6-17 (35.3 percent) from behind the three-point arc, while the Mastodons were 9-15 (60.0 percent) at the free throw line.
The Aggies jumped out to a 32-12 lead after a Carroll three-pointer at the 6:43 mark, before the Mastodons whittled the deficit down to 40-31 at the half.
Coming out of intermission, IPFW trimmed the gap to 45-41 but a three-point play by Spicer sparked a 5-0 streak to push the lead back to 50-41 at the 14:06 mark.
Carroll hit a trey at 8:05 to open the gap to 62-48 and the Aggies didn't look back, cruising to the win.
Utah State has little turnaround time, heading to Santa Clara, Calif., on Saturday, Dec. 23, taking on Santa Clara (8-3) in a 2:05 p.m. (Mountain Time) tip-off.
After the holiday break, the Aggies return to action on Dec. 30, hosting Cal State Bakersfield at 7:05 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State opens Western Athletic Conference action on Jan. 4 at Boise State.
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