Utah State at New Mexico in Valentine’s Day Clash
Feb. 12, 2018

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Opening Tips
• Utah State (14-12, 7-6 MW) continues its 2017-18 season at New Mexico (12-14, 7-6 MW) on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m.

The Last Meeting
New Mexico80
Utah State89
January 31, 2018
Logan, Utah
McEwen’s Career-High 31 Points Powers Utah State Past New Mexico
LOGAN, Utah – Sophomore guard Koby McEwen scored the first eight points of the game for Utah State and finished with a career-best 31 as the Aggies defeated a short-handed New Mexico team, 89-80 on Wednesday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

• Utah State leads the all-time series 23-9, including a 9-7 advantage in Albuquerque. However, the Aggies have lost three of the last four on the road.

• In the first meeting between the two teams this season, Utah State posted an 89-80 victory over the Lobos, marking the most points scored by the Aggies in league play this season.

• Additionally, Utah State shot 56.4 percent (31-of-55) from the floor and 54.2 percent (13-of-24) from behind the 3-point line, both highs against the Lobos during the Mountain West era. The Aggies were also strong on the glass, outrebounding UNM 32-25, the highest rebounding margin for Utah State against the Lobos in Mountain West play in series history.

• Individually, sophomore guard Koby McEwen finished the game with career highs of 31 points, 13 rebounds and three steals and tacked on six assists, leading the Aggies in every statistic.

• Sophomore guards Koby McEwen and Sam Merrill are the top-scoring guard tandem in the Mountain West, averaging 17.5 and 16.2 points per game, respectively, in conference play.


 

 

• Merrill has been the top marksman for the Aggies in league play, shooting 52.1 percent (74-of-142) from the floor, 50.0 percent (39-of-78) from behind the 3-point line and 88.9 percent (24-of-27) at the free throw line.

• McEwen has been the top rebounder for the Aggies in league play, averaging 6.6 boards per game. McEwen also leads the team overall with 5.1 rebounds per game, making him the first guard to lead Utah State in rebounding since 2006-07, when Jaycee Carroll averaged 6.3 per contest.

Scouting New Mexico
New Mexico is 12-14 on the year and tied with Utah State in the Mountain West standings with a 7-6 record in league play. The Lobos have lost three of their last four, including an 89-80 defeat in Logan on Jan. 31.

UNM is averaging 79.3 points per game and shooting 43.6 percent (695-of-1,593) from the floor, 36.8 percent (290-of-787) from behind the 3-point line and 76.4 percent (381-of-499) at the free throw line. Individually, New Mexico has four players averaging double figures in Sam Logwood (12.5 ppg), Anthony Mathis (12.4 ppg), Antino Jackson (10.7 ppg) and Chris McNeal (10.0 ppg). Jackson leads the Lobos with 109 assists on the year and Joe Furstinger leads the Lobos on the glass, averaging 7.0 per contest.

Defensively, teams are averaging 76.0 points per game against New Mexico and shooting 48.0 percent (706-of-1,472) from the floor, 36.9 percent (168-of-455) from behind the 3-point line and 71.5 percent (396-of-554) at the free throw line. Troy Simons leads UNM with 40 steals on the year and Furstinger leads the team with 42 blocks. 

Head coach Paul Weir is in his first season, coming to Albuquerque following a 10-year stint at New Mexico State.

Starting Five
Utah State has used seven different starting lineups this season, but has used the starting lineup of Koby McEwen, Sam Merrill, Diogo Brito, Dwayne Brown Jr., and Quinn Taylor the most. That group has started a total of nine games together, capturing the most victories of any lineup with seven. 

Only Luke Warm on Valentine’s Day
Utah State has played on Valentine’s Day 15 times in program history and is a combined 9-6 in those games. The Aggies last played on Valentine’s Day during the 2012-13 season, losing 63-60 at Denver. 

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