OGDEN — Thirty-seven games into his college career, Utah State's Jaycee Carroll has established himself as a prolific scorer.

Most recently, Carroll poured in a career-high 30 points in the Aggies' 69-60 victory over Weber State on Saturday night.

"He has an unbelievable scorer's mentality," Utah State coach Stew Morrill said.

Carroll connected on 10 of 16 shots, including 5 of 11 from the three-point line in leading the Aggies to their second straight win and fourth straight over rival Weber State.

"My teammates set good screens and they got me the ball and I was able to hit the shots," Carroll said. "It feels good to hit shots. To go on and score 30 points is nice, and hopefully we can keep going and improve as a team."

Carroll's 30-point outing was the Aggies' first since Cardell Butler dropped 31 on Cal State Fullerton last year. At the same time, Carroll moved into sixth-place all-time on career three-point field goals with 98. He surpassed Jeff O. Anderson, who finished his career with 95.

"Jaycee Carroll had a big night and we got him the ball," Morrill said.

With the win the Aggies improve to 4-2 overall. They will open Western Athletic Conference play next Saturday in Hawaii.

With the loss, their fifth in a row, the Wildcats fall to 3-5.

Carroll opened with a three-pointer and Durrall Peterson and Nate Harris combined to score the next 10 points and take a 13-6 lead.

The Wildcats fought back on five straight points by Nick Covington to pull within two at 15-13.

With his team up two, Carroll knocked down a three-pointer to start an 11-2 run as the Aggies put the game away.

"It was a strange game in a lot of ways," Morrill said. "I'm happy to get out of here with a win. We'll take it, fell good about it and move on to the next thing."

The Aggies, who were ranked second in the nation in field-goal percentage, shot 53.2 percent from the field, while the Wildcats shot under 40 percent (38.9) for the fourth straight game. They missed 15 shots in the paint.

Utah State led by nine at the half and by as many as 21 with 4:09 left in the game before Weber ended the game on a 14-2 run to make the game somewhat respectable.

Chaz Spicer came off the bench and scored 13 for the Aggies on 5 of 7 shooting, while Harris finished with 10 points. Peterson led the team with nine rebounds.

David Patten and Coric Riggs led the Wildcats with 16 and 14 points, respectively.

The Aggies outrebounded the Wildcats 35-24 and had 17 assists and 14 turnovers.

Utah State travels to Hawaii next Saturday, while Weber State travels to BYU next Saturday.


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