Utah St. 56, S. Dakota St. 50


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BROOKINGS, S. D. (AP) -- Jaycee Carroll scored six of his 20 points during a key second-half run to rally Utah State to a 56-50 men's basketball win over South Dakota State Wednesday.

The Aggies (5-1) blew an 11-point halftime lead and had to come from six points down to beat the Jackrabbits (1-7).

Carroll provided six straight points, pulling Utah State into a 47-47 tie. On the Aggies' next possession, Carroll dished out an assist to Mikel Watson for a basket that put the Aggies ahead for good, 49-47.

SDSU got within 53-50, but missed three free throws down the stretch.

Carroll came into the game averaging more than 23 points. He had 14 at the half as Utah State, playing in South Dakota for the first time, built a 30-19 lead.

The teams combined to shoot 0-for-10 from the field with five turnovers in the first five minutes. The Aggies led 2-0 at that point.

It was 8-1 when SDSU's Garrett Callahan made the Jackrabbits' first field goal six minutes into the game.

SDSU made just three of its first 21 shots from the field while falling behind 17-7 with 7:40 to play in the first half. The Jackrabbits shot just 25 percent in the first half.

That changed after the break when SDSU put together a 12-2 run to take its first lead 39-38 on Callahan's basket with 12:20 to play. Callahan scored 10 points for the Jackrabbits.

SDSU's largest lead was 47-41 with 7:30 to play.

The Jackrabbits were 19-for-57 from the field for 33 percent.

Matt Cadwell led SDSU with 14 points.

Stephen DuCharme had 11 points and eight rebounds, helping the Aggies to a 44-28 rebounding edge.

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