Aggies Return From Week-Long Layoff To Beat Cal State Bakersfield 65-49

Dec. 30, 2006

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LOGAN, Utah - Stephen DuCharme scored a game-high 13 points to lead a trio of Aggies who scored in double figures as Utah State defeated Cal State Bakersfield 65-49 in its first game in a full week. With the win USU improved to 10-3, while CS Bakersfield fell to 4-6.

DuCharme hit six of seven shots from the field as he led the team in scoring for the second straight contest. The junior college transfer had 22 points and 11 rebounds in USU's last game at Santa Clara last Saturday.

Jaycee Carroll added 11 points, while Chris Session chipped in 10 points for the Aggies. The visiting Road Runners were led by Carl Damus, who had team bests in points (12) and rebounds (five), while also adding a game-high three blocks.

CS Bakersfield kept the game close throughout most of the contest and in fact led 13-12 before USU went on a 9-0 run to take a 21-13 lead. The Aggies built up a 24-15 advantage before the Road Runners cut it to 26-23 late in the first half.

USU led just 47-39 before pulling away from the undersized Road Runners with a 16-4 run to make it 61-41 with 3:46 remaining in the game.

Despite enjoying a height advantage as CS Bakersfield had just one starter taller than 6-3, the teams were even in the rebounding category in the game tying at 29. The visitors grabbed 11 offensive rebounds, including nine in the first half.

However, CS Bakersfield shot just 31.3 percent from the field and committed 19 turnovers. The Aggies meanwhile hit 52.1 percent of its shots, but had 16 turnovers, including 12 in the second half.

Carroll, the team's leading scorer this season at 21.9 points per game, hit just four of 11 attempts in the contest as he was held to a season-low 11 points. Backcourt mate Kris Clark on the other hand recorded a season-high nine points on four of five shooting and handed out five assists.

Utah State will open Western Athletic Conference play with a two-game road trip. The Aggies will play at Boise State on Thursday, Jan. 4 before playing at Fresno State on Saturday, Jan. 6.

The Aggies still have two non-conference regular season games remaining as they will host Utah Valley State on Jan. 10 and play an ESPN Bracket Buster game on Feb. 17.



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