by Ashley Springer, USU Athletic Media Relations
RENO, Nevada - Utah State men's basketball (10-9, 3-3 Mountain West) lost 83-57 to Nevada (16-3, 5-0 MW) Saturday night at the Lawlor Events Center.
Junior forward Dwayne Brown Jr. scored 13 points, had four rebounds, one assist and a block. Sophomore guard Koby McEwen had 10 points, seven boards and two assists. Junior forward Quinn Taylor had 10 points, three rebounds and a block.
Utah State opened the game with the first bucket as senior forward Alex Dargenton hit a lay up following a pass from McEwen. Nevada answered with 13 unanswered points, taking a 13-2 lead with 16:24 on the clock. Utah State fought back and pulled to within five, 29-24, behind back-to-back 3-points baskets by McEwen with 7:58 on the clock. The Wolf Pack responded with a 17-0 run and ultimately went into the half with a 50-26 lead.
Sophomore guard Sam Merrill knocked down a three to open the second half, and a McEwen free throw and Dargenton basket cut the lead to 19, 51-32, with 17:19 on the clock. Nevada, however, would maintain a lead of at least 20 points. After the Wolf Pack led by 30, 65-35, the Aggies used a 11-2 run to bring the lead down to 21, 67-46, with 6:17 to go. Redshirt freshman guard Abel Porter started the run with a layup, follow by a Brown trey and dunk, along with a pair of Taylor layups. Nevada then used an 11-2 run of their own to lead 80-50 with 2:29 left to play. The Wolf Pack went on to win it, 83-57.
Nevada made the most of Utah State's 14 turnovers by converting them into 28 points.
The Wolf Pack was led by senior guard Kendall Stephens with 19 points, junior forward Jordan Caroline with 16, junior forward Caleb Martin with 15 and junior guard Lindsey Drew with 11. Martin also led the Wolfpack with nine boards, and Drew led with seven assists.
Utah State finished the game shooting 32.9 percent (23-of-70) from the floor, 12.5 percent (4-of-32) from behind the 3-point line and 53.8 percent (7-of-13) at the free throw line. Nevada shot 44.3 percent (27-of-61) from the floor, 27.6 percent (8-of-29) from behind the 3-point line and 77.8 percent (21-of-27) at the free throw line.
The Aggies will be back in action at Boise State (14-3, 4-1 MW) on Wednesday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (MT).
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