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• Utah State opens the month of February, hosting Nevada on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 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 ESPN3, online at watchespn.com, with Ari Wolfe providing play-by-play and Blaine Fowler providing color.
• Utah State and Nevada will meet for the 52nd time on Wednesday night, the 16th-longest series in USU history. The Aggies lead the all-time series 35-17, including an 18-4 advantage at home.
Things Of Note
• Senior wing Jalen Moore has scored in double figures in 33 consecutive games, the seventh-longest streak in Utah State history. Furthermore, Moore has scored in double figures in 20 consecutive conference games. Overall, Moore has scored in double figures 81 times in his career, sixth all-time in Utah State history.
• Moore is currently No. 14 on the all-time scoring list at Utah State with 1,457 career points. Moore needs 15 more points to move to No. 13, tying Dean Hunger (1977-80) with 1,472 career points and 18 more points to move to No. 12, tying Nate Harris (2003-06) with 1,475 career points.
• Freshman guard Koby McEwen leads all freshmen in the Mountain West with 15.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 31.0 minutes per game.
• McEwen’s averages of 15.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game are the most for a USU freshman since All-American Jaycee Carroll averaged 14.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game as a freshman in 2004-05. Carroll finished his career No. 1 all-time in career points (2,522) and No. 12 in career rebounds (680).
• Redshirt sophomore forward Alexis Dargenton is averaging 2.3 blocks per game over the last three games.
Nevada is 18-4 on the year and in first place in the Mountain West with a mark of 7-2. The Wolf Pack have won six of their last seven, including back-to-back wins over Boise State (76-57) and New Mexico (82-65).
Nevada is averaging 79.8 points per game and shooting 45.4 percent (581-of-1,280) from the floor, 39.0 percent (203-of-520) from behind the 3-point line and 69.4 percent (391-of-563) at the free throw line. Senior guard Marcus Marshall leads the Wolf Pack with 21.1 points per game and is followed by sophomore forward Cameron Oliver with 14.9 points per game, sophomore wing Jordan Caroline with 14.1 points per game and senior guard D.J. Fenner with 13.7 points per game. Caroline also paces the Wolf Pack on the glass with 9.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Lindsey Drew leads the team with 117 assists, averaging 5.3 per game.
Defensively, opponents are averaging 71.8 points per game against Nevada and shooting 42.5 percent (588-of-1,382) from the floor, 28.9 percent (135-of-467) from behind the 3-point line and 70.8 percent (269-of-380) at the free throw line. Oliver leads Nevada with 62 blocks, averaging 2.8 per game, and Drew leads the team with 28 steals, averaging 1.3 per game.
Last Time Against Nevada
RENO, Nev. - Utah State went into the half with a 35-28 lead, but encountered a second-half lull and ultimately lost on the road at Nevada on Feb. 26, 2016, 73-68.
The Aggies shot 41.9 percent (13-of-31) from the floor in the first half, compared to 34.6 percent (9-of-26) by Nevada, and forced 11 Wolf Pack turnovers en route to the 35-28 advantage going into the break. However, Nevada came out as a different team in the second half, shooting 58.1 percent (18-of-31) from the floor and committing just four turnovers while Utah State shot 34.4 percent (11-of-32) over the final 20 minutes.
Overall, Utah State shot 38.1 percent (24-of-63) on the night, 27.3 percent (6-of-22) from behind the 3-point line and a season-high 93.3 percent (14-of-15) from the free throw line, including a flawless 9-of-9 during the second half. Nevada wrapped up its night, shooting 47.4 percent (27-of-57) from the floor, 30.8 percent (4-of-13) from behind the 3-point line and 75.0 percent (15-of-20) from the charity stripe.
Last Time Against Nevada at Home
LOGAN, Utah - Tyron Criswell scored 19 points and hit the go-ahead free throw with 2:25 remaining in the game, helping Nevada hold off Utah State 89-84 in front of 9,659 fans On Jan. 30, 2016, at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
The Aggies trailed by as many as 18 points in the second half, but surged back to tie the game at 78-all with 2:53 to go following a basket by junior guard Shane Rector.
Senior guard Chris Smith led the Aggies with 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. He also had eight rebounds and four assists. Junior wing Jalen Moore added 17 points for Utah State, while Rector finished in double figures for the fifth straight game with 16 and senior guard Darius Perkins added 14.
Nevada’s D.J. Fenner led all scorers in the game with 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field, while Marqueze Coleman had 20 points and seven assists. The Wolf Pack’s Cameron Oliver recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Eric Cooper Jr. chipped in 13 points off the bench.
Utah State shot the ball extremely well as it was 32-of-60 from the field (53.3 percent), including 11-of-21 from 3-point range (52.4 percent). However, the Aggies struggled at the free throw line, only knocking down 50 percent of their shots (9-for-18).
Conversely, Nevada made 23 of its 28 free throws (82.1 percent) and shot 49.1 percent from the field (28-of-57), including 45.5 percent from beyond the arc (10-of-22). The Wolf Pack’s final 11 points came from the charity stripe.
Senior wing Jalen Moore is the only player in Utah State history to rank in the top-10 in both career 3-point field goals and blocks.
Freshman Year in Context
Freshman guard Koby McEwen’s averages of 15.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game are the most for a USU freshman since All-American Jaycee Carroll averaged 14.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game as a freshman in 2004-05. Carroll finished his career No. 1 all-time in career points (2,522) and No. 12 in career rebounds (680).
Limiting 3-point Chances
Utah State has locked up opponents from behind the 3-point line over the last three games, allowing a total of just nine 3-point baskets and holding opponents to 20.9 percent (9-of-43) from deep.
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, Feb. 13, 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, Feb. 13, and will be held at the Zions Bank Building in Salt Lake City.
Utah State travels to Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. The game can be heard live on KVNU with Al Lewis providing play-by-play. Fans can also watch the game via ESPN3, online at watchespn.com, with Trey Bender providing play-by-play and Bob Donewald providing color.
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