USU vs UNR Aggies crushed by wolfpack 83-69 in second round

Jalen Moore grabbed 27 points for the Aggies — tying freshman guard Koby McEwen in most postseason points since Tony Brown in the 2002 Big West Tournament. He also had four rebounds and three assists.

"I was just trying to play aggressive... I do what I needed to do to lead the team, be the senior leader." — senior wing Jalen Moore

The Aggies struggled coming out the gate, allowing Nevada to go on a 9-0 run. The Aggies finally settled in, and were able to come within one point of the Wolf Pack (16-15) are 11:30 in the first half with a three-pointer from Moore. That was closest the Aggies ever got to the Wolf Pack.

"They came out of the gate making tough shots. There's nothing you can do about that. When they made the tough shots, you've just got to shake their hand and say good shot. There's nothing really you can do." — freshman guard Koby McEwen. McEwen finished with 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

In the second half, the Aggies came out down 45-29 and were never able to tie it up. Sophomore center Norbert Janicek and Alexis Dargenton remained on the bench as Quinn Taylor took over, scoring a total of eight points. Freshman guard Sam Merrill ran into foul trouble and fouled out with around five minutes left in the game.

"I thought Norby, really, two games in a row, wasn't the player he had been down the stretch... Two teams that he should match up fairly well with, and we got zero production out of him." — head coach Tim Duryea

The Moore legacy has officially ended at Utah State. The next step for Moore, whether the NBA or overseas or the end of his career, remains uncertain.

"Goes by really fast... It's just been a fun run, getting better every year, playing with different players, playing in this conference is fun... There's nothing like college basketball." — Jalen Moore

Photos by Matt Halton and Mark Bell.

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