LOGAN, Utah – Utah State sophomore guards Sam Merrill and Koby McEwen have been named third-team all-Mountain West, as announced by the conference on Tuesday. The accolades mark the fifth consecutive year that multiple Aggies have been named to various all-Mountain West teams.
Merrill is the leading scorer for the Aggies this season, turning in 16.1 points per game and shooting 50.4 percent (173-of-343) from the floor, 46.6 percent (88-of-189) from behind the 3-point line and 84.4 percent (65-of-77) at the free throw line. Merrill’s 88 3-point baskets this season ranks fifth in a single season in Utah State history, and his 3-point field goal percentage ranks eighth in a single season. Merrill has led the Aggies in scoring in 13 games this season, including a career-high 33-point performance at New Mexico on Feb. 14.
Merrill is the only Aggie to appear and start in every game for Utah State this season and is among the Mountain West leaders in six statistical categories, including minutes per game (35.2, 2nd), 3-point field goals made (2.8, third), 3-point field goal percentage (.466, third), field goal percentage (.504, sixth), assist/turnover ratio (1.7, eighth) and points per game (16.1, 10th). Merrill was also among the leaders in the league during conference play, leading the Mountain West in 3-point field goal percentage (.534) and ranking second in minutes per game (35.9), third in 3-point field goals made (3.5), fourth in field goal percentage (.522) and eighth in points per game (17.2).
McEwen earned all-conference accolades for the second consecutive season, having been named honorable mention last season, in addition to picking up Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors. McEwen finished second on the team this season with 15.3 points per game and leads the Aggies on the glass with 5.2 rebounds per game. McEwen is the first guard to lead Utah State in rebounds since the 2006-07 season, when Jaycee Carroll logged 6.3 rebounds per game.
McEwen leads Utah State this season with 10 20-point outings this season and a pair of 30-point performances, including 31 against New Mexico on Jan. 31, and 32 against Nevada on Feb. 17. McEwen proved to be a stat stuffer in a pair of games with team bests in points, rebounds, assists and steals against New Mexico on Jan. 31, and at Air Force on Feb. 24. McEwen’s line of 31 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and three steals against the Lobos on Jan. 31 was the best for a player in the NCAA since Ben Simmons surpassed each total during the 2015 season.
McEwen is also among the leaders in the Mountain West in 3-point field goal percentage (.341, ninth), 3-point field goals made (2.3, ninth), assists (3.1, 10th), points per game (15.3, 11th) and minutes per game (31.6, 13th). McEwen was even better in league play to rank fifth in minutes played (34.7), sixth in 3-point field goals made (3.4), eighth in assists (3.4), eighth in defensive rebounds (5.7), ninth in points per game (17.1), 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.1) and 12th in rebounding (6.3).
Merrill and McEwen return to the court with the Aggies on Wednesday, March 7, when Utah State opens its run in the Mountain West Championship, facing Colorado State at 2:30 p.m. (MT), at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
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