LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Utah State lost an 83-69 decision to Nevada on Thursday afternoon, ending the Aggies’ run in the Mountain West Championships and punctuating the season with an overall mark of 14-17.
Nevada shot 49.2 percent (30-of-61) during the game to Utah State’s 40.0 percent (22-of-55) and won the battle of the boards, 38-29.
Senior wing Jalen Moore led the Aggies with a career-high 27 points and increased his career rebounding total to 654 with his four rebounds, passing his father Jimmy on the list with 652 career rebounds. Freshman guard Koby McEwen joined Moore in double figures with 17 points and led the team with six assists. Sophomore forward Quinn Taylor led the Aggies on the glass with a team-best eight rebounds.
Nevada opened the game with a 9-0 run, but the Aggies cut the margin to one, 16-15, following a 13-2 run of their own capped by a corner three by Moore. The Wolf Pack continued to lead 23-21 with 9:02 on the clock and outscored the Aggies 22-7 over the rest of the half to take a 45-28 lead into the break.
Utah State cut the Nevada lead to 10, 51-41, behind a 3-point basket by Moore with 14:32 on the clock, but it was as close as the Aggies came over the final 20 minutes in the 83-69 loss.
Nevada was led in scoring by Jordan Caroline with 22 points and on the glass by Cameron Oliver with 11 boards.
Utah State finished the game shooting 40.0 percent (22-of-55) from the floor, 38.1 percent (8-of-21) from behind the 3-point line and 70.8 percent (17-of-24) at the free throw line. Nevada shot 49.2 percent (30-of-61) from the floor, 34.8 percent (8-of-23) from behind the 3-point line and 88.2 percent (15-of-17) at the free throw line.
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