MUGGIA, Italy - Utah State men’s basketball played its third game of its 10-day Italian tour on Wednesday, losing 76-67 to KK Koper, a team from Slovenia. In the loss, USU had three players record double figures with sophomore guard Koby McEwen leading the way with 19 points and sophomore guard Sam Merrill and junior forward Dwayne Brown, Jr., following with 11 and 10, respectively.
Brown flirted with a double-double, tying for the team lead with nine rebounds and matching junior forward Alex Dargenton’s total. McEwen was just behind with seven rebounds, while also adding a team-best three steals and two assists. Utah State’s weakness in the game proved to be its turnovers, committing 27.
The teams finished the first quarter in a deadlock, 15-15, but Koper put together 10-2 run in the second to take a 31-21 lead. Koper maintained its advantage going into the break, leading 39-29. Utah State trailed by double digits through most of the second half before putting together an 8-2 run, pulling to within six, 62-56, with 4:21 to play in the final quarter. The lead narrowed to two, 62-60, with just under four minutes to play, but it was as close as the Aggies came down the stretch in the 76-67 loss.
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