Utah State Back in Action, Hosting New Mexico on Wednesday
Jan. 2, 2017

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February 9, 2016
Logan, Utah
Chris Smith Helps Lead Utah State Past New Mexico, 80-72
LOGAN, Utah -- Senior guard Chris Smith scored 19 points with four assists and redshirt junior forward Lew Evans added 15 points and six rebounds as Utah State snapped a five-game losing streak with an 80-72 victory against New Mexico in front of 9,290 fans Tuesday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

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Things Of Note

• Utah State returns to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum and hosts New Mexico on Wednesday, Jan. 4, at 9 p.m.

• The game can be heard live on KVNU with Al Lewis providing play-by-play and Rod Tueller providing color. Fans can also watch the game on ESPNU (Comcast Ch. 400/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 141, DirecTV Ch. 208), with Steve Quis providing play-by-play and Adrian Branch providing color.

• Utah State is 21-8 all-time against New Mexico, including a 5-2 mark against the Lobos in Logan. UNM has won four of the last six meetings.

• Senior wing Jalen Moore has scored in double figures in 26 consecutive games and needs five more games in double figures to tie the ninth-longest streak of double-digit outings in school history.

• Moore has scored 20 or more points in each of the last two games and needs 21 more points to tie Preston Medlin (2010, 12-14) for No. 16 on the all-time scoring list with 1,368 career points.


 

 

• Freshman guard Koby McEwen leads all freshmen in the Mountain West with 13.8 points and 30.9 minutes per game. McEwen is also tops among MW freshmen with a 1.5 assist/turnover ratio.

• Senior guard Shane Rector has recorded at least one steal in each of the last seven games.

• Utah State last started league play 0-2 during the 2009-10 season. The Aggies bounced back and won 14 straight, finishing first in the Western Athletic Conference and advanced to the NCAA Tournament that year.

Scouting New Mexico

New Mexico is 9-5 on the year, including a 2-0 mark in the Mountain West, and has won three of its last four games.

The Lobos are scoring 74.6 points per game and shooting 46.3 percent (343-of-741) from the floor, 30.8 percent (57-of-185) from behind the 3-point line and 76.0 percent (301-of-396) at the free throw line. Individually, senior forward Tim Williams leads UNM in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 17.6 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Junior guard Elijah Brown is just behind, averaging 16.7 points per game.

Defensively, teams are scoring 71.6 points per game against New Mexico and shooting 44.1 percent (346-of-785) from the floor, 38.2 percent (124-of-325) from behind the 3-point line and 70.6 percent (187-of-265) at the free throw line. Senior center Obij Aget leads the Lobos with 13 blocks and Brown leads the team with 19 steals.

Head coach Craig Neal is in his fourth year and has compiled an overall mark of 68-43, including a 4-2 record against Utah State, during his tenure.

Series History Against New Mexico

Utah State leads the all-time series against New Mexico, 21-8, but has lost four of the last six games. The Aggies are 5-2 against the Lobos in Logan, including an 80-72 victory in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum last season.

Last Time Against New Mexico

LOGAN, Utah - Senior guard Chris Smith scored 19 points with four assists and redshirt junior forward Lew Evans added 15 points and six rebounds as Utah State snapped a five-game losing streak with an 80-72 victory against New Mexico in front of 9,290 fans On Feb. 9, 2016, at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Junior wing Jalen Moore added 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal for the Aggies (12-11, 4-8 Mountain West), who handed the Lobos (14-10, 7-4) their second straight loss. 

Redshirt sophomore guard Elijah Brown and redshirt junior forward Tim Williams finished with 22 and 21 points, respectively, for New Mexico.

As a team, Utah State shot 49.0 percent (25-of-51) from the floor, including 36.0 percent (9-of-25) from beyond the arc, and 75.0 percent (21-of-28) from the free throw line. The Aggies were 19-of-24 from the charity stripe in the second half alone.

New Mexico shot 45.8 percent (27-of-59) from the field on the night, including 36.8 percent (7-of-19) from 3-point range, and only 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the free throw line.

Coming Up

Utah State will host UNLV on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 4 p.m. The game can be heard live on KVNU with Al Lewis providing play-by-play and Rod Tueller providing color. Fans can also watch the game on the CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221) with Carter Blackburn providing play-by-play and Pete Gillen providing color.

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