Jan. 6, 2005
LOGAN, Utah (AP) - Jaycee Carroll scored a career-high 28 points, 24 of them coming on 3-point shots, in Utah State's win over Santa Barbara 80-70 Thursday night.
Carroll shot 8-of-12 from behind the 3-point line for the Aggies (10-3, 1-1 Big West) and grabbed six rebounds.
Santa Barbara (4-7, 2-2) was led in scoring by Joe See with 26 points, he also had eight 3-pointers.
Nate Harris scored 12 for USU and Chrismen Oliver added 12 for the Gauchos.
The Gauchos only had seven players available for the game. Earlier in the season, starters Casey Cook and Cecil Brown were lost to injury and center Cameron Goettsche made the trip to Logan but was scratched from playing due to a groin injury.
With only one front-court player on the roster for Santa Barbara, USU was able to grab 44 rebounds to 21 for the Gauchos.
A hectic run by UCSB in the final three minutes of the first half, sparked by 3-pointers from See and Alex Harris, brought a 14-point deficit down to a 36-30 halftime score, but the Gauchos could get no closer.
USU came into the game leading the nation in field goal percentage, with 54.2, and shot 52.6 percent. Santa Barbara attempted 31 3-pointers, making 13, while only scoring 10 field goals.