LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men’s basketball played under the lights of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum for the first time on Friday night, posting a run-away 98-54 victory over the University of Providence. Every player that dressed scored as the Aggies led start-to-finish.
Sophomore guard Koby McEwen led all scorers with 17 points and rounded out his stats with five rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block. Junior forward Quinn Taylor led all players on the glass with seven rebounds, as Utah State out rebounded the Argos 45-34. Sophomore guard Sam Merrill led the Aggies with eight assists, and added six points and two steals.
Utah State’s focus on the 3-point shot was clearly evident during the exhibition contest, as the Aggies shot 39.5 percent with 15 makes on 38 attempts. Overall, USU shot 50.0 percent (31-of-62) during the game and 70.0 percent (21-of-30) at the free throw line as the teams combined for 50 fouls.
Junior transfer forward Dwayne Brown Jr., and freshman guard Brock Miller followed McEwen in scoring with nine points apiece, with four others right behind with eight points, including junior transfer guard DeAngelo Isby, senior forward Alex Dargenton, redshirt freshman forward Daron Henson and redshirt freshman guard Abel Porter. USU bigs, Taylor and redshirt freshman Klay Stall were next with seven points, followed by Merrill’s six. Freshman forward Justin Bean, freshman guard Crew Ainge and sophomore guard Diogo Brito rounded out the scorers for Utah State, finishing with five, three and three, respectively.
McEwen scored Utah State’s first basket during the game, assisted by Merrill, as the Aggies raced to a 15-1 lead going into the first media timeout. The margin grew to more than 20, 27-6, following a dunk by Stall and the 20-point margin continued into the half, with the home side leading 49-27 at the break.
Utah State’s lead grew to more than 30, 62-30, when Isby hit a trey with 16:10 on the clock early in the second half and then eclipsed 40, 87-46, following a put back by Taylor with 4:20 showing on the clock. Fans in the Spectrum were clamoring for the Aggies to hit the century mark following a 3-point basket by Porter with 36 seconds remaining that gave the home side 98 points, but USU finished the game by running out the final 23 seconds, leading to the eventual 98-54 final.
The University of Providence was led in scoring by a trio in double figures in Quesly-Marie Noresias with 14 points, Sergio Berkley with 13 and Kevin Schilling with 12. The Argos finished the game shooting 32.7 percent (17-of-52) from the floor, 20.0 percent (3-of-15) from behind the 3-point line and 63.0 percent (17-of-27) at the free throw line.
Utah State will officially open the season next week, traveling to Weber State for an in-state clash with the Wildcats, Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m., inside the Dee Event Center in Ogden. The game will mark the second time in three years that the teams will square off in the season opener for both schools.
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