Koby McEwen dominates second half in Utah State win over UNLV

McEwen scores 24 of career-high 28 points in second half against Rebels

LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 Sports) -  Koby McEwen scored 24 of his career-high 28 points in the second half, adding seven rebounds and six assists as Utah State outlasted UNLV for a 79-63 win on Saturday night.

McEwen, who leads all freshmen in the Mountain West with 14.1 points and 3 assists per game, made 9 of 10 shots in the second half and 10 of 13 overall.

"I'm proud of our guys in the second half for the way we competed," said Aggies head coach Tim Duryea. "Koby McEwen hit some big shots and broke it open. In the halfcourt our defense was really good."

"It's great," McEwen said about his career best performance. "It feels like the basket is the ocean and you are throwing rocks in it. It's like you're not going to miss. When you get in that mode you try not to force things, it can make you look stupid sometimes. Just go with the flow. I thought my teammates did a nice job of finding me."

Utah State (7-7, 1-2) led 37-31 at the break, but UNLV tied it at 41 just over five minutes in. McEwen scored 20 of the Aggies' next 25 points -- including 4 of 4 on 3-pointers -- to help put Utah State back in front 66-55 with 5:51 remaining.

The Rebels never seriously threatened thereafter.

The Aggies finished 13 of 21 from the arc (62 percent) compared to 3 of 18 for UNLV.

Christian Jones scored 17 points for UNLV (8-8, 1-2), the lone Rebel to score in double figures.

The Aggies will go for their third straight victory Wednesday at Wyoming.

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