Utah State at New Mexico in Second Leg of 2017 MW Campaign
Jan. 22, 2017

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• Utah State will play at New Mexico on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 9 p.m. 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.

The Last Meeting
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January 4, 2017
Logan, Utah
Freshmen Guards Sam Merrill And Koby McEwen Lead Utah State Past New Mexico, 79-75
LOGAN, Utah – Second-year Utah State head coach Tim Duryea inserted freshman guard Sam Merrill into the starting lineup and the move paid off in a big way for the Aggies.

• Utah State leads the all-time series against New Mexico 22-8 and has won three of the last four, including a 79-75 victory in Logan earlier this season. USU is 6-3 all-time in Albuquerque.

Things Of Note

• Senior wing Jalen Moore has scored in double figures in 31 consecutive games, the ninth-longest streak in Utah State history. Furthermore, Moore has scored in double figures in 18 consecutive conference games. Overall, Moore has scored in double figures 79 times in his career, seventh all-time in Utah State history.

• Moore is currently No. 15 on the all-time scoring list at Utah State with 1,426 career points. Next on the list is Kevin Nixon (1985-88) with 1,456 career points.

• Freshman guard Koby McEwen leads all freshmen in the Mountain West with 14.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 30.6 minutes per game.

• Since being inserted in to the starting lineup over the past five games, freshman guard Sam Merrill has averaged 13.6 points per game. Merrill was averaging 6.3 points per game when coming off of the bench.


 

 

• Utah State leads the Mountain West in 3-point field goal percentage (.395) in conference games and is the only team with two players ranked in the top five of the MW in 3-point field goal percentage, including Sam Merrill (.484, 2nd) and Koby McEwen (.472, 3rd).

Scouting New Mexico
New Mexico is 12-8 on the year, including a 5-3 record in the Mountain West and winners of three straight. The streak includes wins at Colorado State (84-71) and Boise State (81-70) and a home victory over Wyoming (78-71).

The Lobos are averaging 76.6 points per game and are shooting 47.4 percent (518-of-1,092) from the floor, 33.3 percent (89-of-267) from behind the 3-point line and 75.1 percent (407-of-542) at the free throw line. The duo of Elijah Brown and Tim Williams paces UNM in scoring with Brown averaging 18.2 points per game and Williams 18.1 points per game. Williams also leads the Lobos on the glass with 7.2 rebounds per game.

Defensively, UNM opponents are averaging 73.5 points per game and shooting 43.4 percent (497-of-1,145) from the floor, 38.2 percent (181-of-474) from behind the 3-point line and 70.2 percent (295-of-420) at the free throw line. Brown leads the team with 27 steals on the year and Obij Aget leads the Lobos with 22 blocks.

Head coach Craig Neal is in his fourth year and has compiled an overall mark of 71-76, including a 4-3 record against Utah State, during his tenure.

Series History Against New Mexico
Utah State leads the all-time series against New Mexico, 22-8, and has won three of the last four. The Aggies are 6-3 against the Lobos in Albuquerque and have won three of the last five in the Pit. Utah State's last victory in Albuquerque came during the 2014-15 season, when the Aggie posted a 63-60 win.

Last Time Against New Mexico
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State freshmen guards Koby McEwen and Sam Merrill combined to score 31 points, appearing in tandem in the starting lineup for the first time during the season, and helped the Aggies to a 79-75 victory on Jan. 4.

Senior wing Jalen Moore joined the duo in double figures with 20 points and sophomore forward Quinn Taylor recorded a season-high 10 points off the bench. Moore tied redshirt sophomore forward Alexis Dargenton with seven rebounds and Merrill led the Aggies with a career-high eight assists and three steals.

For the game, Utah State shot 47.2 percent (25-of-53) from the floor, 45.5 percent (10-of-22) from behind the 3-point line and 67.9 percent (19-of-28) at the free throw line. New Mexico was led by Tim Williams with 30 points and shot 52.8 percent (28-of-53) from the floor, 33.3 percent (4-of-12) from behind the 3-point line and 75.0 percent (15-of-20) at the free throw line.

Last Time Against New Mexico in Albuquerque
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Utah State men's basketball dropped a 77-59 decision at New Mexico on Jan. 9, 2016.

Utah State was strong on the glass during the contest, especially on the offensive end, collecting a season-high 17 offensive rebounds and turning them into a season-high 21 second-chance points.

Junior wing Jalen Moore led the Aggies with 17 points, marking the 14th consecutive conference game that he has scored in double figures. He was followed by Chris Smith with 14 points, his 14th double-digit scoring game this season.

Overall, Utah State shot 34.4 percent (23-of-67) from the floor, including 6-of-29 from behind the 3-point line, while shooting 53.8 percent (7-of-13) from the free throw line. Utah State's 29 attempts from long range marked a season high for the Aggies. USU also recorded a season-high 10 steals on the night, headlined by a career-high four by redshirt senior forward Grayson Moore.

New Mexico finished the game 50.0 percent (29-of-58) from the floor, 31.3 percent (5-of-16) from behind the 3-point line and 73.7 percent (14-of-19) from the free throw line. UNM junior forward Tim Williams led all scorers with 21 points and he was followed by sophomore guard Elijah Brown with 18 and sophomore guard Cullen Neal with 12.

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. 30, at the Pizza Pie Cafe on 1400 North.

Basketball Coach's Luncheon
Utah State men's basketball will host seven coach's luncheons this season, hosted by Aggies Unlimited. The next luncheon is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 30, on the third floor of the West Stadium Center in Maverik Stadium.

Coming Up
Utah State will return to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum and host Fresno State on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 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 via the Mountain West Network, online at utahstateaggies.com/videos.

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