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• Utah State travels to Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m., facing the No. 1 team in the MW for the second consecutive contest. 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.
• Utah State leads the all-time series against Boise State, 30-13, and is 9-9 when playing in Boise. The Broncos have won four straight in the series, but the Aggies have won three of the last five at Taco Bell Arena.
Things Of Note
• Senior wing Jalen Moore has scored in double figures in 34 consecutive games, the seventh-longest streak in Utah State history. Furthermore, Moore has scored in double figures in 21 consecutive conference games. Overall, Moore has scored in double figures 82 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 1,470 career points. Moore needs two more points to move to No. 13, tying Dean Hunger (1977-80) with 1,472 career points and five more points to move to No. 12, tying Nate Harris (2003-06) with 1,475 career points.
• Utah State has bounced back from a four-game losing streak, posting back-to-back wins over Mountain West leaders Fresno State (78-65) and Nevada (74-57). During the slump, USU shot 42.9 percent from the floor, 32.0 percent from behind the 3-point line and 59.7 percent at the free throw line. In the back-to-back victories, USU has shot 52.2 percent from the floor, 40.0 percent from behind the 3-point line and 70.8 percent at the free throw line. Opponents have dropped from 49.8 percent to 33.3 percent from the floor, from 39.0 percent to 13.6 percent from behind the 3-point line and from 77.6 percent to 55.6 percent at the free throw line.
• Freshman guard Koby McEwen matched Jaycee Carroll’s freshman single-game scoring record with 28 against UNLV (1/7) earlier this season. In all, McEwen has scored 20 or more points five times this season, two short of Carroll’s best of seven during his freshman season.
Scouting Boise State
Boise State is 14-7 on the year and in first place on the Mountain West standings with a mark of 7-3. The Broncos have posted wins in each of their last two games, capturing victories on the road at Wyoming (80-65) and at Colorado State (79-76).
Boise State is averaging 74.7 points per game and shooting 44.3 percent (521-of-1,177) from the floor, 33.6 percent (162-of-482) from behind the 3-point line and 71.2 percent at the free throw line. The Broncos are paced in scoring by junior guard Chandler Hutchison with 17.3 points per game and he is followed by sophomore guard Paris Austin with 11.9 points per game. Austin also leads the team with 53 assists on the year and Hutchison leads the team on the glass, averaging 8.6 rebounds per contest.
Defensively, teams are averaging 68.8 points per game against Boise State and shooting 41.5 percent (490-of-1,180) from the floor, 30.6 percent (105-of-343) from behind the 3-point line and 73.6 percent (359-of-488) at the free throw line. Redshirt sophomore forward Zach Haney leads the Broncos with 11 blocks and Hutchison leads BSU with 24 steals.
Head coach Leon Rice is in his seventh season, compiling an overall mark of 116-69 over that span including a 5-5 mark against the Aggies.
Last Time Against Boise State
LOGAN, Utah - Despite a career-high 24 points from senior wing Jalen Moore, the Utah State men’s basketball team dropped its Mountain West opener to Boise State, 83-80 on Dec. 28, 2016, at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Moore shot 7-for-18 from the field and was a perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line. Freshman guard Koby McEwen scored all 17 of his points in the second half and almost single-handedly rallied the Aggies to victory. Utah State trailed 71-63 with 1:13 to go, but McEwen scored 11 of the home team’s final 17 points, pulling the Aggies to within 82-80 with three seconds remaining following an old-fashioned three-point play.
Utah State then fouled Boise State’s Justinian Jessup with two seconds left. The freshman made the first free throw, but missed the second. However, the Aggies couldn’t corral the rebound and the Broncos held on.
Last Time Against Boise State in Boise
BOISE, Idaho - Utah State men’s basketball carried a lead for more than 37 minutes on Feb. 2, 2016, at Boise State, but a late 3-point shot and sealing free throws by the Broncos led to a 70-67 defeat for the Aggies in Boise.
Utah State appeared to have won the game on paper, outshooting the Broncos 50.0 percent (25-of-50) to 43.5 percent (27-of-62) from the floor. The Aggies were even better from behind the 3-point line, shooting 54.5 percent (12-of-22) to the Broncos’ 21.7 percent (5-of-23). Utah State’s defense also created a season-high 17 turnovers, highlighted by a career-high three steals by senior guard Chris Smith.
However, Boise State made up for its lack of shooting with a strong showing on the offensive glass, collecting 17 offensive rebounds and turning it into 18 second-chance points. The Aggies collected two offensive rebounds during the night and were outrebounded 39-22, in what proved to be the difference.
Smith led all scorers with 20 points, shooting 70.0 percent (7-of-10) from the floor, 80.0 percent (4-of-5) from behind the 3-point line and 100.0 percent (2-for-2) from the free throw line. Junior wing Jalen Moore and junior guard Shane Rector joined Smith in double figures with 11 apiece.
The Broncos were paced by James Webb III with team highs of 19 points, nine rebounds and three steals. He was followed by Mikey Thompson with 16 points and Anthony Drmic with 12.
Limiting 3-point Chances
Utah State has locked up opponents from behind the 3-point line over the last four games, allowing a total of just 13 3-point baskets and holding opponents to 18.8 percent (13-of-69) from deep.
Utah State stays on the road with a trip to Colorado State on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. The game can be heard live on KVNU with Al Lewis providing play-by-play. Fans can also watch the game via the Mountain West Network, online at utahstateaggies.com/videos.
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.
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