SAN JOSE, Calif. - Utah State men's basketball (14-16, 7-10 Mountain West) lost, 64-62, to San José State (4-24, 1-16 MW) on Wednesday night at The Event Center, snapping a 21-game winning streak against the Spartans.
Utah State sophomore guard Koby McEwen scored the opening basket and the Aggies built a 10-6 lead with 15:55 on the clock following a 3-point bucket by senior guard Julion Pearre. USU maintained its advantage until the Spartans used a 10-point run to tie the game at 19-19 with 10:50 on the clock. However, Merrill broke the tie with a trey, starting an 8-0 run by the Aggies that gave the visitors a 24-19 lead with 9:36 to play. The teams juggled the lead over the final four minutes of the half, going into the break tied, 37-37.
After a three-point play from Pearre and a Merrill 3-pointer, the Aggies held a four point lead, 46-42, with 16:15 on the clock. The Spartans used a 7-0 run to lead by three, 49-46, with 14:06 to go. The teams continued alternating buckets, but after a Henson layup with 7:37 to go, USU was scoreless for five and a half minutes while SJSU used a 7-0 run to regain the lead, 62-58, with 2:26 remaining. San José State led by four, 64-60, with 52 seconds left. Junior forward Quinn Taylor made the final bucket for the Aggies with 36 seconds remaining as the Spartans won, 64-62.
SJSU junior guard Jaycee Hillsman scored 19 points and junior forward Ryan Welage recorded 16.
Utah State finished the game shooting 36.5 percent (23-of-63) from the floor, 27.9 percent from behind the 3-point line, attempting a school- and Mountain West-record 43 3-point attempts, and 80.0 percent (4-of-5) at the free throw line. San José State shot 46.3 percent (25-of-54) from the floor, 35.7 percent (5-of-14) from behind the 3-point line and 60.0 percent (9-of-15) at the free throw line.
Utah State returns to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum for the final time this season as the Aggies host UNLV (19-10, 8-8 MW) on Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m. Prior to the game, USU will honor its seniors in Pearre and forward Alex Dargenton.
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