Louisiana Tech 64

(20-12, 11-5 WAC)

Utah State 68

(23-7, 11-5 WAC)

    9:00 PM ET, March 10, 2006

    Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada

    1 2 T
    LT 25 3964
    USU 29 3968

    Top Performers

    Louisiana Tech: P. Millsap 18 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 5 Stl, 5 Blk

    Utah State: J. Carroll 18 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Utah State 68, Louisiana Tech 64

    RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Jaycee Carroll scored 18 points, including five free throws in the final 23 seconds, to help Utah State beat Louisiana Tech 68-64 Friday night in the semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament.

    David Pak added 14 points and Nate Harris 13 -- including a 70-foot bank shot just before the halftime buzzer -- for the Aggies (23-7), who have won seven of their last eight.

    Paul Millsap had 18 points and five blocked shots and Trey McDowell added 14 points for Louisiana Tech (20-12). The Aggies held Millsap to seven rebounds, about half his NCAA-leading average of 13.5 per game and outrebounded the Bulldogs 31-30.

    The Aggies advance to Saturday night's finals against the winner of Friday night's other semifinal between No. 21 Nevada (25-5) and New Mexico State (16-13).

    Utah State led by as much as nine when Harris' free throws made it 59-50 with 4:25 left in the game then withstood the Bulldogs' late rally thanks to Carroll's 5-of-6 free-throw shooting down the stretch.

    Pak's basket on a drive put Utah State ahead 63-55 with 2:12 left in the game. But Chad McKenzie made a pair of free throws and Millsap scored inside to make it 63-59 with 1:20 remaining.

    After Millsap blocked a shot, Jerome Richardson missed two free throws for the Bulldogs and Carroll made one for a 64-59. McDowell's 3-pointer from the top of the key pulled Tech to within 64-62 with 16 seconds left.

    But Carroll made two free throws with 11 seconds left and after Millsap's score off a rebound made it 66-64, Carroll made two more free throws with 0.7 seconds on the clock to seal the victory.

    Harris made three-of-four field goals and all six free throw attempts to go with seven rebounds and a blocked shot.

    Carroll and Harris each scored four points on an 8-0 run in the first half to put Utah State ahead 24-16 with 4:10 left in the half. The Bulldogs answered with a 9-2 run capped by McKenzie's 19-footer to pull within 26-25, but Harris beat the buzzer with the 70-foot 3-pointer to give the Aggies a 29-25 halftime lead.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 64 68
    FG Made-Attempted 24-55 (.436) 22-47 (.468)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-20 (.250) 4-13 (.308)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-16 (.688) 20-24 (.833)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 8

    2005-06 Season

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