Friday , Mar , 09 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Aggies face Wolf Pack in WAC Tournament semifinals

Las Cruces, NM (Sports Network) – A rematch of last year’s Western Athletic
Conference Tournament title game is on tap tonight as the Utah State Aggies and
the 10th-ranked Nevada Wolf Pack collide at the Pan American Center in Las

Last year the Aggies pushed Nevada to overtime before bowing in a 70-63 affair,
allowing the Pack to move on to the NCAA Tournament yet again. This season the
squads meet up in the 24th annual tournament after the fourth-seeded Aggies
defeated Hawaii by a scant three points, 73-70, in the quarterfinals on
Thursday and the top-seeded Wolf Pack took care of the Idaho Vandals by a score
of 88-56 in the first game of the day.

With the victories, USU moved to 3-1 in the tournament after coming over from
the Big West Conference, while Nevada notched its 10th win in 14 tries in the

With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood,
Utah State currently leads by a count of 23-11 after upsetting the Wolf Pack in
overtime in Logan back on March 1 by a score of 79-77.

The winner of this meeting will move on to Saturday’s finals round to challenge
the winner of the Boise State/New Mexico State outing for the right to move on
to the NCAA Tournament.

Tied at 36-36 at the break, Utah State survived the meeting with the Rainbow
Warriors by holding the squad from Honolulu to just 29.7 percent shooting from
the field and 3-of-14 behind the three-point line in the second half. Jaycee
Carroll had another huge effort for the Aggies as he tallied a double-double
with 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Chaz Spicer checked in with 20 points.
Not to be overlooked were Durrall Peterson and Stephen DuCharme who recorded 10
points apiece for the group. Carroll, the league’s top scorer at 21.1 ppg, also
leads USU on the glass with close to six and a half rebounds per contest.
Against the Wolf Pack this season Carroll notched 18 points and nine boards in
the overtime victory at home eight days ago, but was limited to 15 points on
the road in Reno in late January.

Shooting a sizzling 58.8 percent from the field in the first half, the meeting
with Idaho was essentially over by halftime as the Wolf Pack posted a
commanding 49-24 advantage at the break. Overall, Nevada shot 52.2 percent from
the field, but made just 53.3 percent at the free-throw line in the 32-point
decision. Three-time WAC Player of the Year Nick Fazekas took it easy on the
Vandals, playing just 20 minutes as he generated 10 points and a team-high 10
boards. Marcelus Kemp added 14 points as he too made it to the bench early,
while Kyle Shiloh and David Ellis accounted for 12 and 11 points, respectively,
with the former handing out six assists and the latter hitting all four of his
field goal attempts off the bench. Fazekas, who is averaging 20.5 ppg and a
league-best 11.2 rpg, recorded double-doubles in both meetings with Utah State
this season, notching 24 points and 18 boards at home and then 20 points and 10
rebounds in Logan earlier this month.