Koby McEwen scores 31 points as Utah State beats New Mexico, 89-80

Aggies beat Lobos at home for third straight victory

LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 Sports) - All of a sudden, Utah State is rolling.

Koby McEwen set career highs with 31 points and 13 rebounds, Sam Merrill added 18 points, and Utah State held off New Mexico 89-80 on Wednesday night to match a season high with its third straight victory.

"We played good team basketball today," McEwen said. "Gutted it out, we, essentially, had a six-man rotation, seven-man rotation just like they did. A lot of guys played a lot of minutes. We fought throughout the whole game and came out with a win. 

Dwayne Brown Jr. and Quinn Taylor scored 15 points apiece and the Aggies (13-11, 6-5 Mountain West Conference) shot 56.4 percent from the floor. McEwen had a career-high six of Utah State's 13 3-pointers.

"I'm really proud of our starters," said Utah State head coach Tim Duryea. "They showed a lot of toughness. They were some tired guys at the end of the game and really just determined to finish it out."

Utah State led 39-34 at the half, and now is a perfect 11-0 when taking a halftime lead.

The Lobos closed to 70-64 after scoring 10 straight, then to 83-80 with 1:03 left after Troy Simons' dunk, but got no closer. The Aggies sealed it with four free throws in the final 27 seconds.

Taylor's layup put Utah State up 28-19, but the Lobos led 32-30 after a jumper by Anthony Mathis capped a 13-2 run. Brown hit a 3 and Utah State led 39-35 at halftime.

Mathis scored career-high 25 points with six 3s and five assists.

"Tonight was a really good victory for us," Taylor said. "New Mexico, in their last six before us, was 5-of-6 in conference. They were a really hot team. Koby played a crazy game, 30 points and 13 rebounds. It was a career night, and it's always good when you have someone playing like that."

Utah State now has a full week off before playing at Wyoming Wednesday night.

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