LOGAN, Utah -
WEEKLY AGGIE UPDATE - JANUARY 2, 2018
Contact: Kyle Cottam - (435) 797-2066
Wed., Jan. 3 --- FRESNO STATE, 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 6 --- at UNLV, 8 p.m. (MT) (AT&T SportsNet)
• Utah State men’s basketball (8-7, 1-1) continues its 2017-18 season this week with a pair of Mountain West games as it hosts Fresno State (11-4, 1-1) on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m., followed by a road game at UNLV (11-3, 0-1) on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 8 p.m. (MT). USU is 33-24 all-time against FS, including a 23-7 record at home, and 5-32 all-time against UNLV, including a 1-18 record on the road. Fans can watch the game against Fresno State on the Mountain West Network, online at www.utahstateaggies.com/watch, and the game against UNLV on AT&T SportsNet (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683).
W, 86-72--- SAN JOSÉ STATE
L, 59-79--- at San Diego State
• Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West record last week with an 86-72 home win against San José State, followed by a 79-59 road loss at San Diego State. Against the Spartans, sophomore guard Koby McEwen led four players in double figures with a game-high 24 points, followed by sophomore guard Sam Merrill with 18, junior forward Dwayne Brown Jr., with 16, and sophomore guard Diogo Brito with 11. USU recorded a season-high-tying 23 assists and logged a season-low four turnovers in the game, shooting 47.1 percent (33-of-70) from the floor, 36.4 percent (12-of-33) from behind the 3-point line and 80.0 percent (8-of-10) at the free throw line. SJSU finished the game shooting 50.0 percent (25-of-50) from the floor, 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from behind the 3-point line and 84.6 percent (11-of-13) at the free throw line. Against the Aztecs, Merrill led the team with 18 points and was followed by 15-point efforts by McEwen and junior guard DeAngelo Isby. Utah State shot 43.8 percent (21-of-48) from the floor, 37.5 percent (9-of-24) from behind the 3-point line and a season-best 88.9 percent (8-of-9) at the free throw line, while San Diego State shot 44.6 percent (29-of-65) from the floor, 34.8 percent (8-of-23) from behind the 3-point line and 65.0 percent (13-of-20) at the free throw line.
Contact: Megan McCuistion - (435) 797-5547
Wed., Jan. 3 --- at Fresno State, 8 p.m. (MT)
Sat., Jan. 6 --- UNLV, 2 p.m.
• Utah State women’s basketball (3-10, 1-1 MW) continues its 2017-18 season this week with a pair of Mountain West games as it plays at Fresno State (6-7, 1-1 MW) on Wednesday, Jan. 3, at 8 p.m. (MT) and hosts UNLV (5-7, 0-1 MW) on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 2 p.m. Both games will be streamed live on the Mountain West Network and available at www.UtahStateAggies.com/watch. USU is 3-20 all-time against the Bulldogs and 4-19 all-time against the Lady Rebels.
L, 66-79 --- at San José State
W, 62-58 --- SAN DIEGO STATE
• Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West record last week with a 79-66 road loss at San José State and a 62-58 home win against San Diego State. Against the Spartans, the Aggies finished the night with four double-figure scorers, led by sophomore guard/forward Hailey Bassett, who tallied a career-best 17 points. Sophomore guard Eliza West followed with 12 points, while junior center Deja Mason and sophomore guard/forward Shannon Dufficy added 10 apiece. Mason was the leading rebounder for USU, snagging 12 rebounds to match her career-high. Overall, Utah State shot 45.9 percent (7-of-61) from the floor, 9.1 percent (1-of-11) from the 3-point line and 50.0 percent (9-of-18) from the free throw line. San José State shot 50.8 percent (30-of-59) from the field, including 60.0 percent (12-of-20) from behind the arc, and was 77.8 percent (7-of-9) from the free throw line. Against the Aztecs, redshirt sophomore guard Victoria Price led the Aggies, recording her first-ever double-double with a career best 18 points to go along with a career-high 10 rebounds. Utah State had two other double-figure scorers as Bassett and junior guard Rachel Brewster added 13 and 10 points, respectively. Dufficy tallied a team-high 13 rebounds. On the day, Utah State shot 39.2 percent (20-of-51) from the floor, 30.8 percent (4-of-13) from the 3-point line and 90.0 percent (18-of-20) from the free throw line. San Diego State shot 36.2 percent (21-of-58) from the field, including 21.4 percent (6-of-28) from behind the arc, and was 71.4 percent (10-of-14) from the free throw line.
Contact: Doug Hoffman - (435) 797-3714
NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl, Tucson, Ariz.
L, 20-26 OT --- vs. New Mexico State
• Utah State football (6-7, 4-4 MW) concluded its 2017 season with a 26-20 overtime loss to New Mexico State in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl last week in Tucson, Ariz. Senior running back LaJuan Hunt capped his Utah State career by rushing for 133 yards – the most yardage by an Aggie this season – and one touchdown on 20 carries. His 1-yard touchdown run with 13:28 remaining in the fourth quarter gave the designated home team a 20-13 lead. Hunt finished his career with 1,846 yards rushing, the 11th-most in school history, and 18 touchdowns, which is tied for the 10th-most. New Mexico State (7-6) tied it at 20-apiece on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Rogers to Jaleel Scott with 6:31 remaining. Rogers completed 29-of-54 passes for 191 yards. Larry Rose III led the NewMags in both rushing and receiving as he had 142 yards on 16 carries on the ground, to go along with six receptions for 48 yards, and scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime on a 21-yard run. NMSU entered the game ranked fourth in the nation averaging 352.6 passing yards per game, but Utah State limited the NewMags to 191 yards – 161.6 below their season average. The navy-cladded Aggies shined defensively as they forced three turnovers, including interceptions by redshirt freshman linebacker David Woodward and senior safety Dallin Leavitt, along with a fumble recovery by junior linebacker Chase Christiansen. Christiansen led USU with eight tackles, including 1.0 tackles for loss. Leavitt added seven stops, while Woodward had four stops and a career-high three pass breakups. Redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Love was 25-of-44 for 254 yards. His favorite target was junior wide receiver Ron’quavion Tarver, who caught eight passes for 97 yards.
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