Jan. 11, 2014
RENO, Nev. - Utah State's men's basketball struggled shooting the ball and suffered a 62-54 loss at Nevada Saturday evening at the Lawlor Events Center.
USU is 11-4 overall and 1-2 in Mountain West play, while Nevada remains atop the league standings with a 4-0 conference mark, improving to 9-8 overall.
Senior center Jarred Shaw led USU with 19 points, adding eight rebounds, but was the only player in double-figures. Sophomore forward Kyle Davis added nine points and a game-high nine rebounds, while senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield tallied seven points and seven rebounds, as USU had a 48-35 rebounding edge, its ninth game this season with a double-digit rebounding advantage.
Senior guard TeNale Roland dished out a season-high six assists, while USU was limited to a season-low 12 assists for the game.
Nevada was led by 16 points by Cole Huff, followed by Deonte Burton with 14, as the USU defense held him to eight points below his MW leading 22.3 points per game average. CJ West added 11 points, while Jerry Evans, Jr., snared eight rebounds and West pulled down seven boards.
Utah State shot a season-low 31.3 percent (21-of-67) from the field, tying a season-low with only two three-pointers on the way to a season-low 12.5 percent (2-of-16) behind the arc. The Aggies shot 10-of-14 (71.4 percent) at the free throw line.
Nevada made 41.8 percent (23-of-55) of its field goals, making 27.8 percent (5-of-18) from three-point range and the Wolf Pack were 11-of-18 (61.1 percent) from the charity stripe.
USU took a 6-4 lead after a pair of free throws by Shaw at 17:18, but then Nevada went on an 8-0 run that Roland broke with a three-pointer from the left wing at the 10:41 mark to pull USU within 12-9. However, the Wolf Pack pulled away and later opened a 27-19 lead with 4:44 to go after a dunk by Michael Perez, but the Aggies then went on a 9-0 run. The spurt started with a Butterfield trey, then four-straight points by Shaw before Davis capped it with a jumper at the 1:45 mark to give USU a 28-27 lead. It was a short-lived lead and was the Aggies' last of the night, as Nevada scored on its ensuing possession and Burton hit a triple with 43 seconds left to give the Wolf Pack a 32-28 lead at halftime. With the loss, USU is now 1-3 this season when trailing at halftime.
Nevada opened the second half with a 13-2 run to open a 45-30 lead, as West capped the run with a layup at 14:26. The Aggies cut the gap to 47-37 after a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Marcel Davis at the 10:35 mark, but the Wolf Pack scored four unanswered. USU again rallied and dropped the deficit to 52-44 with 6:56 to go after back-to-back buckets by senior guard Preston Medlin, and the Aggies got within 56-50 with 4:09 left following a Butterfield layup, but couldn't get any closer down the stretch to suffer the defeat.
Utah State returns home to host Colorado State on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. (MT) in a notable match-up. Morrill was head coach at CSU for seven seasons prior to coming to USU, while Colorado State head coach Larry Eustachy was USU head coach from 1994-98. It will be Morrill's second match-up against his former team, while it will be Eustachy's first time facing the Aggies for the first time from the opposition's bench. The Aggies-Rams match-up will not be televised, but digitally streamed through on USU's website, www.UtahStateAggies.com.
All USU men's basketball single-game, multi-game and season tickets are on sale. Single-game tickets cost $18 for non-priority and $20 for priority, as well as $25 for premium game against UNLV (Feb. 15).
To order a package or for more Aggie men's basketball ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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