Dec. 29, 2004
LOGAN, Utah - Spencer Nelson and Jaycee Carroll each scored 20 points to lead Utah State to an 82-60 win against visiting South Carolina State in the first round of its own Gossner Foods Holiday Classic late here Wednesday night.
USU improved to 8-3 on the season and 21-0 in its own holiday tournament all-time. SCSU fell to 7-4. The Aggies will meet Loyola Marymount in the championship game on Thursday at 8:05 p.m., while SCSU will face Northern Arizona in the consolation game at 5:35 p.m.
The taller Aggies dominated the smaller, quicker Bulldogs, outshooting the visitors 57.4 percent to 35.6 percent and out-rebounding SCSU 39-23.
USU led 34-31 at halftime as Nelson scored 11 points in the first stanza. USU sent on a 13-3 run to start the second half to push the margin to 47-34 with 16:17 remaining.
SCSU never got closer than seven points the rest of the way as USU substituted freely late in the game.
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