by Wade Denniston, USU Athletic Media Relations
LOGAN, Utah – Koby McEwen scored a career-high 32 points for Utah State, but Nevada got a personal-best 30 from Cody Martin to help the Mountain West-leading and 24th-ranked Wolf Pack beat the Aggies 93-87 on Saturday at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
McEwen scored 19 of his points in the second. He finished the game shooting 10-of-20 from the field, including 3-of-11 from 3-point range, and 9-of-12 from the free throw line. The sophomore guard also tied for the team high in rebounds with five, to go along with three assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 40 minutes of action.
Coming off a career-high 33-point performance at New Mexico on Wednesday night, Utah State sophomore guard Sam Merrill finished with 16 against the Wolf Pack (23-5, 12-2 MW). Junior forward Quinn Taylor added 11 points on a perfect 5-for-5 shooting from the field, including 1-for-1 from 3-point range.
Junior guard DeAngelo Isby also scored in double figures for the Aggies (14-14, 7-8 MW) with 10 points off the bench. Utah State’s reserves outscored Nevada’s reserves, 15-9.
Martin came into the game averaging just 13.3 points per game, but easily eclipsed that by nearly 17 points as he shot 13-of-18 from the field, including 2-of-4 from 3-point range. He also grabbed a game-best nine rebounds.
Caleb Martin, Cody’s twin brother, added 23 points for Nevada and Jordan Caroline contributed 20.
The Aggies led for the majority of the first half and were up 37-30 following a 3-pointer from the right wing by McEwen with 7:59 remaining until intermission.
Utah State went cold after that and Nevada surged in front with a game-changing 17-0 run. Caleb Martin ignited the spurt with a four-point play after drilling a 3-ball from NBA range and converting on the subsequent free throw after being fouled.
During that key stretch, the Aggies went 0-for-7 from the field and turned it over once. Isby put an end to the run with a 3-pointer at the 3:57 mark, but the Wolf Pack went into the break leading 52-40.
Nevada pushed its lead out to as many as 14 points in the second half, but Utah State fought its way back and trimmed the deficit to 91-87 with 14 seconds to go, but that’s as close as the Aggies would get.
Utah State shot 46.8 percent on the night (29-of-62), including 30.3 percent from 3-point range (10-of-33), and 79.2 percent from the charity stripe (19-of-24).
Nevada shot a sizzling 59.3 percent from the field (32-of-54), including 52.4 percent from beyond the arc (11-of-21), and 78.3 percent from the free throw line (18-of-23).
Five different players from each team hit at least one 3-pointer on the night.
Utah State will have a bye on Wednesday before embarking on its final road trip of the season, beginning Saturday, Feb. 24, at Air Force at 2 p.m. The Aggies will play at San José State on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. (MT).
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