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LOGAN, Utah - Utah State had its 15-game homecourt winning streak as Fresno State posted a 71-66 victory at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum here Saturday night. The visiting Bulldogs clinched the third seed in next week's Western Athletic Conference tournament, while USU will enter the event as the fourth seed.
Fresno State was paced by 25 points and seven assists by Kevin Bell. The Bulldogs improved to 22-8 overall and 10-6 in league play. Utah State was led by Chaz Spicer, who scored a career-high 22 points. USU fell to 21-10 overall and 9-7 in the WAC.
USU shot just 37.1 percent from the field for its third-worst outing of the year. Jaycee Carroll, the league's leading scorer entering the game with a 21.5 average, made just two of 12 field goals for a season-low six points.
Stephen DuCharme had 13 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the Aggies, while Durrall Peterson added 12 points and nine rebounds for the home team.
Utah State faltered down the stretch as after the Aggies took a 62-61 lead after four straight points by Spicer at the 3:00 mark, Fresno State scored the game's next eight points to seal the victory.
After USU took a 34-32 lead at halftime, the Aggies went ahead 37-32 after a Carroll three-pointer. USU held the lead until Bell scored a layup to tie the game at 45 at the 9:47 mark. The visitors went ahead 47-45 on a Dominic McGuire layup and the teams remained within three points of each other until Bell and Hector Hernandez scored consecutive baskets to give FSU a 61-57 lead with 3:48 left.
The Aggies fell to 13-1 at home this season and had not lost in their arena since Nevada posted a 75-57 win here on Feb. 25, 2006. The loss also snapped a streak of USU winning on senior night that dated back to 1993.
USU made just 27 of 73 shots, including just five of 23 from three-point range. Meanwhile, FSU shot just 41.7 percent for the game and was 10 of 27 from three-point range. The visiting Bulldogs were just 11 of 28 from the free throw line, including making just eight of 22 in the second half to help keep USU in the game.
The Aggies will now enter the WAC Tournament in Las Cruces as the fourth seed and will meet either Boise State or Hawai'I on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.