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Utah State returns to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum and hosts Wyoming on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. The game can be heard live on KVNU with Al Lewis providing play-by-play and Rod Tueller serving as the analyst. Fans can watch the game on the Mountain West Network, online at www.utahstateaggies.com/videos.
Wyoming owns a 49-26 advantage all-time in a series that dates back to 1925-26 and is the seventh-longest in Utah State history. USU is 18-16 against the Cowboys in Logan.
Things Of Note
Senior wing Jalen Moore needs 16 more points to become just the 10th Aggie to record more than 1,500 points and 600 rebounds in his career.
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.
Freshman guard Sam Merrill is the most efficient guard in Mountain West play, carrying an assist/turnover ratio of 3.0.
Merrill has been the Aggies' best outside threat at home, shooting 51.5 percent (17-of-33) from behind the 3-point line in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Utah State is holding opponents to less than 40 percent shooting on the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum floor, allowing opponents to shoot just 39.4 percent (282-of-716) in Logan.
Utah State's reserves have outscored the opponents' bench in each of the last four games 78-50, an average of seven points per game.
Wyoming is 16-9 overall and 6-6 in the Mountain West and winners of each of its last two games.
The Cowboys are averaging 77.8 points per game and shooting 42.1 percent (634-of-1,505) from the floor, 32.6 percent (226-of-694) from behind the 3-point line and 73.2 percent (451-of-616) at the free throw line. Sophomore Justin James leads a quartet of double-digit scorers, averaging 15.1 points per game and is followed by junior forward Hayden Dalton with 12.8 points per game, redshirt senior guard Jason McManamen with 12.1 points per game and junior forward Alexander Aka Gorski with 10.7 points per game. Dalton also leads the Cowboys on the glass, averaging 9.0 rebounds per game and paces the team with assists as well, totaling 70 on the year and averaging 2.8 per game.
Defensively, teams are averaging 74.9 points per game and shooting 39.3 percent (627-of-1,596) from the floor, 30.6 percent (170-of-555) from behind the 3-point li ne and 72.4 percent (448-of-619) at the free throw line. Redshirt junior Alan Herndon leads Wyoming with 52 blocks, averaging 2.1 per game, and James and junior guard Jeremy Lieberman are tied for the team lead with 20 steals, averaging 0.8 per game.
Head coach Allen Edwards is in his first year, having served as an assistant the previous five seasons.
Last Time Against Wyoming
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Utah State men's basketball lost at Wyoming on Jan. 11, 95-87. The loss was the seventh straight to the Cowboys in Laramie as Wyoming opened the first half with 12 3-point shots.
Senior wing Jalen Moore scored 20 points and moved to No. 15 on the all-time scoring list with 1,399 career points. Moore also collected five rebounds and had one assist and one steal. Freshman guard Koby McEwen had 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and a career-high-tying two steals. Freshman guard Sam Merrill rounded out the double-digit scorers with 14.
Wyoming had five players score in double figures with junior forward Hayden Dalton leading with 19 and junior guard Alexander Aka Gorski with 18, shooting 6-of-10 from behind the 3-point line. Redshirt junior forward Alan Herndon followed with 15, redshirt senior guard Jason McManamen with 11 and redshirt freshman guard Cody Kelley with 10. Kelley and Dalton each dished out six assists, Herndon led with 10 rebounds and four blocks, and Kelley and sophomore guard Justin James each led with two steals.
Last Time Against Wyoming in Logan
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State held league-leading Wyoming to just 44 points, the second lowest total of the season, en route to a 56-44 win over the Cowboys on Jan. 27 2015, in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Arena.
USU held the Cowboys to 36.0 percent (18-of-50) shooting during the game, marking the 12th time that the Aggies held an opponent to less than 40 percent from the floor. Utah State had one of its better shooting performances of the season, finishing the game with a 48.0 percent (24-of-50) clip.
David Collette led Utah State with 16 points and added five rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal in 28 minutes of action. He was followed by Chris Smith with 13 points and a game-high six rebounds while adding three assists and two steals. Darius Perkins led all players with seven assists as Utah State finished the night with 15 helpers on 24 baskets.
Wyoming was led by senior guard Riley Grabau with 16 points and he was followed by senior forward Larry Nance Jr. with 14 points and team highs of six rebounds and four assists.
Utah State hosts a second consecutive home game, welcoming San Diego State to the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. The game can be heard live on KVNU with Al Lewis providing play-by-play and Rod Tueller serving as the analyst. Fans can also watch the game on the CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221).
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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