by Ashley Springer, Utah State Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Utah State University men’s basketball team (10-13, 4-8 Mountain West) lost 69-52 to Colorado State (16-9, 8-4 Mountain West) Tuesday night at Moby Arena.
Sophomore forward Quinn Taylor came off the bench to lead the Aggies with a season-high 11 points, along with seven rebounds and two assists. Senior wing Jalen Moore led with nine boards and had 10 points, two assists, one steal and one block. Junior guard Julion Pearre contributed 10 points, four rebounds and three assists off the bench.
The Rams opened the game with a 7-0 run, but freshman guard Koby McEwen knocked down a trey to end a five-and-a-half-minute scoring drought for the Aggies with 14:27 left to play in the opening half. Taylor followed with an alley-oop dunk to bring USU within two, 7-5, with 14:07 left in the half. A three from Taylor and buckets from freshman guard Sam Merrill and Moore tied the game up at 14-14 with 7:48 remaining in the first. After Colorado State regained a 20-16 lead with 6:51 to play, Utah State held the Rams scoreless for the next 3:39, and a Merrill jumper followed by a Moore alley-oop dunk tied it at 20-20 with 4:33 to play in the first. However, CSU closed out the half on a 10-0 run to lead 33-23 at the break.
Colorado State picked up where it left off at the beginning of the second half, going on an 8-1 run to lead 41-24 with 17:14 to play. The Aggies responded with a 10-2 run of their own off of layups from McEwen and Pearre and treys from Pearre and Moore to cut the lead to nine, 43-34, with 12:54 remaining. CSU redshirt senior guard Gian Clavell scored 14 straight points for the Rams for a 66-48 lead with 3:43 left in the game. Redshirt sophomore wing Alexis Dargenton had a couple of buckets to cut Colorado State’s lead to 14, 66-52, with 1:10 left, but the Rams went on to win it, 69-52.
Clavell led Colorado State with 24 points, four rebounds, four assists, two blocks and a steal. Sophomore guard Prentiss Nixon had 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. Redshirt freshman forward Nico Carvacho had 11 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one block and a steal. Senior forward Emmanuel Omogbo had 10 points, 14 boards, two steals, one assist and one block.
Utah State finished the game shooting 35.6 percent (21-of-59), including 26.9 percent (7-of-26) from behind the arc, while shooting 75 percent (3-of-4) from the free throw line. Colorado State shot 40 percent (24-of-60) from the floor, 43.3 percent (13-of-30) from behind the 3-point line and 66.7 percent (8-of-12) from the free throw line.
USU will next face Wyoming (15-9, 5-6 Mountain West) on Saturday at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The game will be broadcast on the Mountain West Network and tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (MT).
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