The 6-foot-11 inch junior forward's play backed
that statement up to the hilt. Fazekas caught
the ball at the top of the key and put it on the
floor like a guard on one play, driving past Cass
Matheus and scoring easily. He also hit a three-pointer,
dunked the ball twice, and helped hold Nate Harris
to an uncharacteristic 3-of-12 shooting performance.
Ramon Sessions' twisting jumper as time expired
made the halftime deficit 13 for the Aggies, the
same margin as against Northwestern State in the
last home game.
"It's the second home game in a row where we
come out like that and teams jump on us," Carroll
In the first nine minutes of the second half,
it appeared USU was thinking comeback again. The
Aggies whittled the deficit and got within five
on a Chris Huber three, but then what Morrill
called a "mental breakdown" occured, allowing
Kemp to get free for an uncontested three-pointer.
"We were supposed to be in '32-12,' which is
three-quarter court press back zone, and a couple
of guys didn't get in it," Morrill said.
The Aggies never got so close again. Kemp added
another three seconds later and the momentum was
firmly with the visitors. With 19 seconds to go
Kemp drained yet another three to put Nevada up
by 21, the biggest lead of the game. Carroll,
who never stopped running the entire 40 minutes
he was on the floor and rounded out his stat line
with a block and a steal, hit a garbage time three
to bring the Aggies up to 57 points.
Durrall Peterson said the loss was tough but
the Aggies are looking ahead now. "We'll come
back strong and finish hard and hopefully see
Nevada again in the conference tournament,"
USU plays Fresno State Thursday night in the
Spectrum and will try to avenge a 99-96 double-overtime
loss to the Bulldogs.