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Utah State 73, Idaho State 62

12/14/2003

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) -- Cardell Butler scored 19 of his a
career-high 27 points to lead Utah State to a 73-62 win over Idaho
State on Saturday night.

Mike Ahmed had 14 and Mark Brown added 10 for Utah State (4-1).

Marquis Poole led Idaho State (3-5) with 16 points. Scott Henry
added 12 points for ISU.

The Aggies built a sizable lead then had to hold off a late
rally by the Bengals, who were outrebounded 40-26.

Butler's 3-pointer keyed a 12-point run as Utah State grabbed a
50-34 lead with 15:05 left in the game. However ISU's Jeff Gardner
hit three straight 3-pointer in a minute and ISU got back to within
52-47 with 11:53 left.

Butler then hit a 3 and scored on a fast break dunk to push
USU's lead back up to 59-50. Scott Henry's layup would make it
64-60 with 1:35 left but that's as close as ISU would get. Butler
hit two free throws and scored on another dunk to seal the game in
the final minute of play.