Utah State Hosts Air Force for Senior Night on Saturday
Connor Garner will be one of three seniors recognized before the game on Saturday night.
Feb. 24, 2017

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• Utah State will host its home finale on Saturday, Feb. 25, facing Air Force at 7 p.m., on Senior Night. Prior to the game, USU will honor its three seniors: Jalen Moore, Shane Rector and Connor Garner.

• Utah State is 47-12 all-time in regular season home finales, dating back to the 1957-58 season, but has lost each of the last two.

• Utah State leads the all-time series 14-4 against Air Force and has not lost at home to the Falcons in eight meetings, dating back to the 1963-64 season. AFA won the first leg this season, posting a 78-73 victory in Colorado Springs.

Things Of Note
• Senior wing Jalen Moore needs three more points to move to No. 9 on the all-time scoring list, tying Tony Brown (1999-02) with 1,564 career points.

• Freshman guard Koby McEwen leads all freshmen in the Mountain West in points per game (14.7), assists per game (2.9) and minutes per game (30.8), and is second among freshmen with 4.9 rebounds per game.

• McEwen matched Jaycee Carroll’s freshman single-game scoring record with 28 points against UNLV (1/7) earlier this season. In all, McEwen has scored 20 or more points six times this season, one short of Carroll’s best of seven during his freshman season.

• Freshman guard Sam Merrill leads the Mountain West with an assist/turnover ratio of 3.0 during conference play.

• The tandem of McEwen and Merrill each scored 20-plus points against San José State, logging 23 and 22 points, respectively. It was the first time that a pair of USU freshmen have scored 20 or more points in the same game in Utah State history.

• Utah State is 9-5 at home this season, marking the 35th consecutive season that the Aggies have had a winning record at home.

Scouting Air Force
Air Force is 11-17 overall this season, 4-11 in the Mountain West and coming off of an 81-58 home victory over UNLV in its last time out.

The Falcons are averaging 75.2 points per game and shooting 44.5 percent (719-of-1,615) from the floor, 38.0 percent (234-of-615) from behind the 3-point line and 71.8 percent (435-of-606) at the free throw line. Senior forward Hayden Graham leads four Falcons in double figures, averaging 12.5 points per game, followed by junior center Frank Toohey with 11.0 points per game, junior guard Jacob Van with 10.9 points per game and senior guard Zach Kocur with 10.5 points per game. Graham also leads AFA on the glass with 5.8 rebounds per game, while Van leads the team with 82 assists, averaging 2.9 per game.

Defensively, teams are averaging 74.6 points per game against the Falcons and shooting 45.3 percent (724-of-1,598) from the floor, 36.0 percent (265-of-737) from behind the 3-point line and 70.5 percent (377-of-535) at the free throw line. Junior guard Trevor Lyons leads the team with 40 steals on the year and Graham leads the Falcons with 19 blocks.

Head coach Dave Pilipovich is in his fifth season at the helm, compiling an overall mark of 71-90 over that span, including a 2-4 mark against the Aggies.

Series History Against Air Force
Utah State leads the all-time series 14-4 against Air Force and has not lost at home to the Falcons, dating back to the 1963-64 season. AFA won the first leg this season, posting a 78-73 victory in Colorado Springs.

Last Time Against Air Force
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Utah State men’s basketball lost 78-73 at Air Force on Dec. 31, 2016, in its conference road opener. Senior wing Jalen Moore scored in double-figures for the 26th consecutive game, finishing with 21 points.

Freshman guard Koby McEwen led the Aggies with a then-career-high 22 points and five made 3-pointers, along with six rebounds and five assists. Freshman guard Sam Merrill had a career-high seven assists and added nine points. Junior forward Ngor Barnaba led the Aggies on the glass with a career-high nine rebounds.

Utah State finished the game shooting 46.3 percent (25-of-54), including 39.4 percent (13-of-33) from behind the arc, while shooting 90.9 percent (10-of-11) from the free throw line. Air Force shot 49.2 percent (30-of-61) from the floor, 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from behind the 3-point line and 66.7 percent (8-of-12) from the free throw line.

Last Time Against Air Force in Logan
LOGAN, Utah - Junior wing Jalen Moore had 20 points, six rebounds and six assists to propel the Aggies to a dominating 79-60 victory against Air Force in front of 9,243 fans at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Jan. 12, 2016.

Senior guard Chris Smith added 19 points and five rebounds for Utah State, which improved to 13-3 all-time against Air Force, including a perfect 8-0 mark at home.

Senior center Zach Moer had 12 points and seven rebounds to lead the Falcons, who dropped their third straight game. Junior guard Zach Kocur added 11 points and eight rebounds for Air Force, while freshman guard Pervis Louder had 10 points off the bench.

Eight of the nine Aggies who checked into the game scored at least one point as Utah State shot 46.4 percent from the field (26-of-56), including 26.9 percent from 3-point range (7-of-26), and a season-high 83.3 percent from the free throw line (20-of-24).

Conversely, the Falcons shot 36.8 percent from the field (21-of-57), including 40.0 percent from beyond the arc (8-of-20), and 58.8 percent from the charity stripe (10-of-17).

Coming Up
Utah State will close out its 2016-17 regular season at UNLV on Wednesday, March 1, at 9 p.m. (MT). The game can be heard live on KVNU with Al Lewis providing play-by-play. Fans can also watch the game live on ESPNU (Comcast Ch. 400/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 141, DirecTV Ch. 208).

Aggie Reunion
Utah State will host a men’s basketball reunion for all former players and their families on Saturday, Feb. 25. Tickets ($15-adults, $12-10 and under) are available for dinner prior to the game. The weekend will also feature a legends game. To participate please contact Jimmy Moore at 435-797-7101 or via e-mail at jimmy.moore@usu.edu.

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. 27, 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. 27, and will be held in the West Stadium Center in Maverik Stadium.

The Last Meeting
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December 31, 2016
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Utah State Loses 78-73 to Air Force in MW Road Opener
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Utah State men’s basketball (6-7, 0-2 Mountain West) lost 78-73 at Air Force (8-7, 1-1 Mountain West) on Saturday afternoon in its conference road opener. Senior wing Jalen Moore scored in double-figures for the 26th consecutive game, finishing with 21 points.


 

 

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