Carroll, Utah State stuns Nevada
Las Cruces, NM (Sports Network) – Jaycee Carroll poured in 24 points as Utah
State slipped past top-seeded Nevada, 79-77, in the semifinals of the Western
Athletic Conference Tournament at Pan American Center.
Chaz Spicer, who drained two free throws to break a 77-77 tie with 2.5 seconds
to play, had 20 points and pulled down five rebounds for the fourth-seeded
Aggies (23-10), who advance to play either Boise State or New Mexico State for
the right to move on to the NCAA Tournament.
Nevada’s Nick Fazekas got the inbounds pass to Ramon Sessions, but his
desperation three-pointer wasn’t even close.
Durrall Peterson scored 13 points, grabbed six boards and dished out four
assists for Utah State, which finished 43 percent shooting from the field.
Marcelus Kemp led the 10th-ranked Wolfpack (28-4) with 24 points, while
Fazekas posted 20 points with 10 rebounds in defeat. Sessions donated 12
points and pulled down six boards for Nevada, which fell to Utah State by the
same score on March 1.
The Wolfpack, which are still assured of their fourth straight NCAA tournament
bid, shot 47 percent from the floor.
Utah State held a 77-72 lead with 32.2 seconds left after Chris Session
converted twice from the charity stripe.
However, Kemp buried a triple with 24.2 seconds remaining, and after the
Aggies turned it over, Kemp picked up the loose ball and tied it at 77 with a
Nevada ripped off an 18-8 run to start the contest — capped by Kemp’s three-
pointer. Utah State, though, responded with a 12-0 burst and took a two-point
lead on Carroll’s trey with 11:50 left in the first half.
Then, down by two, the Wolfpack went on an 11-2 spurt for a 33-26 lead, but
the Aggies closed out the frame with six straight points — ended when Session
drained a jumper — to cut within one, 33-32.
Nevada shot 47 percent from three-point range, while Utah State converted 39
percent from beyond the arc…Utah State owns a 24-11 advantage over Nevada in
the all-time series.