by Wade Denniston, USU Athletic Media Relations
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's men's basketball team had its three-game winning streak snapped, losing to Weber State 77-71 on Wednesday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Senior wing Jalen Moore led the Aggies (6-5) with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, but only four of his points came in the second half. It was the 24th consecutive double-digit scoring game. Furthermore, he moved ahead of Mike Santos (1,287 points) and into 17th place on the all-time scoring list with 1,302 career points.
Freshman guard Koby McEwen scored 11 of his 15 points after intermission. His layup with 2:55 remaining in the game gave Utah State its final lead of the night, 67-66.
Weber State's Jeremy Senglin led all scorers with 22 points, his final two coming from the free throw line with 2:43 to go, giving the Wildcats (5-6) the lead back for good at 68-67. Senglin's free throws ignited a game-ending 11-4 run for the visitors.
Jerrick Harding added 14 points off the bench for Weber State, which won its first game at the Spectrum since 1993. Kyndahl Hill and Ryan Richardson chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively for the Wildcats.
Freshman guard Sam Merrill was the only other Aggie to score in double figures as he had 10 points, to go along with a career-high six assists. Utah State shot 48.0 percent from the field (24-of-50), including a season-high 50.0 percent from 3-point range (6-of-12), and 77.3 percent from the charity stripe (17-of-22).
Weber State pushed its lead out to 73-67 with 1:46 to go, but the Aggies pared the deficit to 73-71 with 58 seconds left after four straight free throws by senior guard Shane Rector and sophomore forward Quinn Taylor, respectively.
However, the Wildcats, who snapped a four-game losing streak to the Aggies, went 4-of-6 from the free throw line over the final 19 seconds to seal the win.
The back-and-forth game featured 13 ties and 18 lead changes. Utah State never led by more than two points, while Weber State opened up a 50-43 cushion with 14:22 to go.
Moore had the hot hand during the first 20 minutes of play. The native of North Logan, Utah, made five consecutive shots at one point and scored 11 of the Aggies' 15 points during a six-minute span.
Weber State, which led 37-36 at the break, shot 52.0 percent from the field (26-of-50), including 39.1 percent from beyond the arc (9-of-23), and 76.2 percent from the charity stripe (16-of-21).
During the final media timeout of the first half, Utah State Athletics recognized Al Lewis, the Voice of the Aggies, for calling his 1,000th game for USU radio. Lewis, who was presented with a trophy that featured a microphone on top of it, received a standing ovation from the crowd.
This was the final non-conference game of the season for Utah State, which now turns its attention to Mountain West play. The Aggies open the conference portion of their schedule by hosting Boise State on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Spectrum. The game will also be televised live on ROOT.
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