LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Spencer Nelson scored 21 points as Utah State
beat the University of Utah 71-45 Saturday in the Dee Glen Smith
Nate Harris added 20 points on 9-for-12 shooting and Jaycee
Carroll had 18 points for USU (5-1). The game was tight until
Carroll scored seven straight points on three shots to give USU a
15-point edge at the 12:08 mark of the second half.
Andrew Bogut led scoring for Utah (4-2) with 15 points. Marc
Jackson, who had 15 points, led Utah in scoring in the first half
with 3-of-4 shots from the 3-point line, but USU held the guard to
only two points in the second half.
Carroll shot one basket from well outside the 3-point arc as the
clock expired in the second half, giving USU the first double-digit
lead of the game.
USU's offense was able to draw the 7-foot Bogut away from the
basket in the second half, giving Nelson and Harris seven layups.
Utah State ended up shooting 82 percent from the field in the
second half, 65 percent for the game, while the Utes shot 41
percent in the game.
USU scored first in a defense-dominated first half, but the Utes
led most of the way until a 8-2 run late in the half by the Aggies
pushed them to a 32-28 halftime edge.
Harris dropped in a 2-foot jump shot at the 6:30 mark to give
the lead to USU for good at 22-21. A steal by Nelson gave teammate
David Pak a breakaway layup, and a lob to Harris then stretched
USU's lead to 26-21.
Jackson led Utah with 13 points in the first half. Bogut,
averaging 18 points per game, was held to six points in the first
This was the 217th game for the rivals. Utah State has won five
of the last seven meetings, though Utah holds the overall edge