March 18, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball player Jalen Moore is a candidate for the Utah Governor's State of Sport Highlight of the Year.
The Utah Governor's State of Sport Awards are hosted by the Utah Sports Commission and presented by Zions Bank. The awards celebrate Utah's sports community and honors excellence in high school, amateur, collegiate, Olympic and professional sports. The event also recognizes key sports people and partners who have been instrumental in helping to build Utah's sports industry.
Moore's highlight is from his senior year at Sky View High School, where he drained a half-court shot at the buzzer in overtime to defeat Bountiful High School in the Utah 4A semifinals for a 63-60 win, making ESPN's SportsCenter and tabbed as the No. 2 Play of the Day, as Sky View snapped Bountiful's 20-game winning streak.
Fans can now vote to help pick the winner in each category at www.stateofsportawards.com. Fans can vote once per 24 hour cycle, per devise. Winners in each of the 10 categories will be announced and recognized at an awards dinner on Tuesday, April 22 at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City at 7 p.m. Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert will provide remarks and present awards along with golf legend, designer and philanthropist Jack Nicklaus, who will be speaking to those in attendance at the awards dinner.
Moore, a North Logan, Utah native, just completed his freshman season at Utah State, helping the Aggies to an 18-14 overall and a 7-11 mark in their first season in the Mountain West. Eighth-seeded USU won its first-ever Mountain West Championships game after a 73-69 win over ninth-seeded Colorado State, with an improbable 16-3 run over the final 1:35 of regulation. Moore had a vital role in the comeback, netting a three-pointer, forcing a turnover, grabbing an offensive rebound, swiping a steal and hitting a pair of free throws. Moore finished the game with seven points, three rebounds and two steals. Utah State's MW Championships run came to an end with a 73-39 loss to top-seeded and eighth-ranked San Diego State in the quarterfinals.
In seeing action in all 32 games this season, including making five starts, Moore averaged 5.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. He shot 52.8 percent (66-of-125) from the field, including 38.9 percent (14-of-36) from three-point range, as well as 71.1 percent (32-of-45) at the free throw line.
Fans can follow the Aggie men's basketball program at twitter.com/AggieHoops. USU fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics, on facebook at Utah State University Athletics or on instagram at instagram.com/USUAthletics.
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