Pack Smack Aggies blow out top team in conference in 74-57 win

Despite being tied for last place in the Mountain West coming in to Wednesday's game, the Aggies got the best of first-place Nevada.

The defense was the key to the victory, holding a potent offense to its worst game of the year — season-lows in points, field goal percentage, 3-pointers made, 3-point percentage, free throws made, free throw percentage and field goals made.

"The best defensive performance since I took over. Considering the competition and importance of the game for our path, it was an A+ defensive performance for 40 minutes." — head coach Tim Duryea

Senior guard Marcus Marshall was averaging more than 20 points per game before the trip to Logan. He scored just two points on 1 of 12 shooting against a hungry Aggie defense.

"A lot of guys did a lot of good things but the job Sam (Merrill) did on Marcus Marshall ...I didn't think that was possible," — Duryea

While one freshman was locking down the defensive side of the floor, another freshman paced the Aggies on offense.

"A freshman that gets 26 against Nevada, and you don't even talk about him, that's probably taking him for granted a little bit." — Duryea

Koby McEwen scored his 26 points on just 12 shots. He also chipped in six rebounds in a 33-minute effort.

"Winning tonight shows that we can play with anybody and beat anybody. It was a huge confidence boost for us, we needed that. We're playing well right now, we want to keep that going." — Senior wing Jalen Moore

The next game for the Aggies will be a road game against Boise State on Saturday at 6 p.m. USU will then travel to Ft. Collins for a matchup against Colorado State on Wednesday before returning home to face Wyoming on Feb. 11.

With a good week, Utah State could climb back up into the middle of the Mountain West standings.

"Their record does not indicate who they are at all. McEwen is a phenomenal freshman and I thought Merrill played unbelievable defense on Marcus tonight." — Nevada head coach Eric Musselman

Moore finished with 13 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists. Merrill scored 13 points as well, shooting 3 of 7 from 3-point range, and added five rebounds and four assists.

Photos by Sam Brown

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