Utah State Beginning Two-Game Road Trip at Wyoming on Wednesday
Jan. 9, 2017

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• Fans can watch the game on ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683/687) with Drew Goodman providing the play-by-play and Sed Bonner as the analyst.

• Wyoming owns a 48-26 advantage all-time in a series that dates back to 1925-26 and is the seventh-longest in Utah State history.

The Last Meeting
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Shane Rector Scores Season-High 24 Points in Utah State’s 88-70 Mountain West Tournament Opening Round Win against Wyoming
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Junior guard Shane Rector scored a season-high 24 points to lead a quartet of double-digit Aggie scorers In Utah State’s 88-70 opening round Mountain West Championship win against Wyoming here Wednesday afternoon at the Thomas and Mack Center of the UNLV campus.

• Utah State has lost six of the last seven games at Wyoming with its last victory coming on Feb. 16, 1962.

Things Of Note

• Senior wing Jalen Moore has scored in double figures in 28 consecutive games and needs three more games in double figures to tie the ninth-longest streak of double-digit outings in school history.

• Moore is currently No. 16 on the all-time scoring list at Utah State and needs 19 more points to move to No. 15, tying Dan Conway (1986-89) with 1,398 career points.

• Freshman guard Koby McEwen leads all freshmen in the Mountain West with 15.1 points, 3.2 assists, a 1.5 assist/turnover ratio and 30.9 minutes per game.

• McEwen has scored more points than anyone on the floor in the second half during Utah State's games in the Mountain West, logging 24 points against UNLV, 17 points against both Boise State and Air Force, and 16 points against New Mexico. Overall, McEwen is shooting 63.6 percent (21-of-33) from the floor, 70.0 percent (14-of-20) from behind the 3-point line and 88.0 percent (22-of-25) at the free throw line over the final 20 minutes.


 

 

• Utah State is second in the Mountain West with 10.5 3-point field goals made per game in league play and is the only team with three players ranked in the top 10 of the MW in 3-point field goal percentage, including freshman guard Koby McEwen (.583, 1st), freshman guard Sam Merrill (.563, 3rd) and senior wing Jalen Moore (.414, 8th).

Scouting Wyoming

Wyoming is 11-5 on the year, but 1-2 in the Mountain West and riding a two-game losing streak after defeats at UNLV (81-75) and Fresno State (85-70).

The Cowboys are averaging 77.6 points per game and shooting 42.2 percent (398-of-944) from the floor, 32.4 percent (145-of-448) from behind the 3-point line and 74.8 percent (300-of-401) at the free throw line. Wyoming has four players averaging better than double digits in sophomore guard Justin James (16.0 ppg), senior guard Jason McManamen (13.5 ppg), junior forward Hayden Dalton (12.9 ppg) and junior forward Alan Herndon (10.1 ppg). Dalton also leads the team on the glass, averaging 8.8 rebounds per contest.

Defensively, teams are averaging 72.0 points per game against the Cowboys and shooting 38.3 percent (386-of-1,009) from the floor, 29.9 percent (106-of-354) from behind the 3-point line and 74.1 percent (274-of-370) at the free throw line. James is tied for the team lead with junior guard Jeremy Lieberman with 13 steals and Herndon leads the Cowboys with 31 blocks.

Head coach Allen Edwards is in his first year after serving as an assistant coach at Wyoming for the past five years.

Series History Against Wyoming

Wyoming owns a 48-26 advantage all-time in a series that dates back to 1925-26 and is the seventh-longest in Utah State history. Utah State snapped a three-game winning streak by the Cowboys with an 88-70 victory in the first round of the Mountain West Tournament last season.

Last Time Against Wyoming

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Junior guard Shane Rector scored a season-high 24 points to lead a quartet of double-digit Aggie scorers In Utah State's 88-70 opening round Mountain West Championship win against Wyoming on March 9, 2016.

Rector, whose previous scoring high was 16 points against Nevada, was 7-of-15 from the field, 3-of-6 from 3-point range and 7-of-8 at the free throw line. He also had a season-best six rebounds and played a season-high 35 minutes in just his 11th start of the season, including his first in 11 games.

Senior guard Chris Smith added 20 points for Utah State as he was 7-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-6 from behind the 3-point line, and 2-of-2 at the free throw line. Junior wing Jalen Moore added 19 points, nine rebounds and five assists as he was 7-of-15 from the field, and sophomore guard Julion Pearre came off the bench to score 14 points on 6-of-11 shooting.

Utah State finished the game shooting 48.4 percent (31-of-64) from the field, including 44.0 percent (11-of-25) from behind the 3-point line, and 83.3 percent (15-of-18) at the free throw line. Wyoming shot 37.3 percent (19-of-51) overall, as those 19 made field goals are tied for the fewest by an Aggie opponent this season.  UW was also 5-of-28 (.179) shooting from 3-point range, which is a season-low shooting percentage for an Aggie opponent, but made 27-of-34 (.794) free throws, both of which are season-highs by an Aggie opponent.

Last Time Against Wyoming in Laramie

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Utah State lost an 84-65 decision at Wyoming on Feb. 6, 2016, as the Cowboys made a school-record 20 3-point shots to seal the win.

USU was led in scoring by junior wing Jalen Moore with 17 points and he was joined in double figures by senior guard Chris Smith with 13, and redshirt freshman forward Quinn Taylor with 10. As a team, Utah State shot 48.1 percent (25-of-52) from the floor, 46.7 percent (7-of-15) from behind the 3-point line and 53.3 percent (8-of-15) from the free throw line.

Wyoming was led by four players in double figures, including junior guard Jason McManamen with 20, senior guard Josh Adams with 19, and sophomore forward Alan Herndon and sophomore guard Jeremy Lieberman with 12 apiece. The Cowboys finished the game shooting 50.0 percent (28-of-56) from the floor, 52.6 percent (20-of-38) from behind the 3-point line and 80.0 percent (8-of-10) from the free throw line.

Coming Up

Utah State  remains on the road and faces San Diego State on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 8 p.m. (MT). The game can be heard live on KVNU with Al Lewis providing play-by-play. Fans can also watch the game on ESPN3, online at watchespn.com.

Tim Duryea Coach's Show

Utah State head coach Tim Duryea will join Al Lewis on most Mondays throughout the men's basketball season from 6:05 to 7 p.m. The next show is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 9, at the Pizza Pie Cafe on 1400 North.

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