LOGAN -- Kyisean Reed and Jared Shaw each put up a double-double, Utah State shot nearly 56 percent from the field and barely managed to withstand a furious second-half run by Nicholls State to win 79-72 in the World Vision Challenge on Thursday night.
Reed scored 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked four shots. Shaw scored 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting and pulled 11 rebounds.
Utah State (7-1) led 54-33 after a dunk by Reed with 14:06 to play but that's when the Colonels mounted a comeback, going on a 35-17 tear capped off by a Dantrell Thomas' dunk to make it 71-68 with 2:21 remaining.
Thomas had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Nicholls State (1-6) scored 17 points off 13 Aggie turnovers and shot an even 50 percent from the field in the second half, going 18 for 36.
T.J. Carpenter had 23 points to lead the Colonels and Fred Hunter had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
* UC DAVIS 78, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 70: At Logan, Corey Hawkins scored 20 points, going a perfect 12 for 12 from the free-throw line and UC Davis shot nearly 50 percent from the floor to beat Southern Illinois in the first round of the World Vision Challenge.
Hawkins added six rebounds and six assists to his point total and teammate J.T. Adenrele scored 18 points and pulled 11 rebounds. Ryan Sypkens added 15 points and Ryan Howley scored only six points but grabbed 15 rebounds.
UC Davis (3-6) shot 49 percent from the floor, making 25 of 51 shots and was 21 of 24 from the free-throw line as a team. The Aggies trailed 37-35 before Sypkens hit two key 3-pointers to spark a 15-4 run mid-way through the second half.
The Aggies held Southern Illinois (6-3) to just 34.8 percent shooting. Dantiel Daniels scored 23 points and Desmar Jackson had 18 points.