Aggies fall flat in 62-42 loss at UNLV

Aggies fall flat in 62-42 loss at UNLV

LAS VEGAS (ABC 4 Sports) - Utah State scores just 42 points, tied for the lowest total in the Stew Morrill era, and loses by 20 points to UNLV.
LAS VEGAS (ABC 4 Sports) - Utah State men's basketball suffered a 62-42 loss at UNLV Wednesday night on Tarkanian Court at Thomas & Mack Center.

USU is now 12-6 overall and 2-4 in Mountain West action, being dealt back-to-back losses for just the second time this season, falling to 3-2 this season following a loss and 77-30 during the last 14 years. The Aggies are also 2-4 on the road, having lost its last four after starting road play 2-0. UNLV improved to 12-7 overall and 3-3 in MW play, winning its first league home game this season. USU and UNLV met for the first time since March 2, 1996, and the Aggies are now 3-28 against the Runnin' Rebels,with the teams trading winning the last six meetings. USU is now 1-15 against UNLV in Las Vegas.

Utah State's 42 points Wednesday matches its fewest since Dec. 7, 1999 at Utah in a 77-42 loss, also tying the fewest points for a Stew Morrill-coached Aggie team. USU is now 1-2 this season when scoring less than 60 points, having scored less than 60 points in three of its last four games, and is 27-52 when scoring less than 60 points under Morrill.

On the night, USU posted season-lows for points (42), field goals made (16), field goal percentage (30.8 percent), three-point field goal percentage (11.8 percent) and assists (four), while tying season-lows for three-pointers made (two).

The Aggies shot 16-of-52 (30.8 percent), hitting just 2-of-17 (11.8 percent) from three-point range and 80.0 percent (8-of-10) at the free throw line.

The Runnin' Rebels made 38.2 percent (21-of-55) of their field goals, netting 7-of-22 (31.8 percent), including four by Deville Smith. UNLV was also 13-of-17 (75.6 percent) at the charity stripe.

Senior center Jarred Shaw was the lone Aggie in double-digit points with 14, also leading USU with eight rebounds, as the Aggies were out-rebounded, 44-29, getting out-rebounded for the third game in a row and second by double-digits. Freshman forward Jalen Moore made his second start of the season, scoring nine points, while senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield tallied seven points and junior forward Danny Berger posted six points off the bench.

Deville Smith finished with 18 points to lead UNLV, while Roscoe Smith posted his 13th double-double which is second in the NCAA, with 13 points and 14 rebounds.

USU opening up a 13-9 lead with 11:29 to go in the half after a free throw by senior guard Preston Medlin. UNLV took the lead at 16-15 with a 7-2 run, capped by a dunk by Khem Birch at the 7:44 mark, but a Shaw jumper regained the advantage for the Aggies at 17-16 with 7:01 to go. That would be USU's last lead of the night, as it changed hands for the seventh and final time after a three-pointer by Deville Smith on UNLV's next possession. The Aggies tied it at 24-all after a Shaw jumper with 3:08 left, but that would be their last points of the half, as the Runnin' Rebels closed the stanza on an 10-0 run and took a 34-24 lead into halftime.

A Butterfield layup cut the gap to 34-26 at the 19:00 mark, but that would be the closest the visiting Aggies would get. UNLV led by double-digits the rest of the game, stretching it to 20 for the first time with 3:23 to go on a Roscoe Smith bucket and to its largest of the night at 62-41 with 36 seconds left following a layup by Kendall Smith, and a free throw by USU freshman guard JoJo McGlaston with eight ticks to go was the final scoring.

USU returns to the friendly confines of the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum for a two-game homestand, starting with No. 7 San Diego State on Saturday, Jan. 25 and New Mexico on Tuesday, Jan. 28, both at 9 p.m. (MT) tip-offs.

The seventh-ranked Aztecs will be the first ranked opponent to visit the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum since 10th-ranked Nevada on March 1, 2007, that USU upset, 79-77 in OT. SDSU will also be the Aggies' highest ranked opponent since facing No. 6 Kansas on March 20, 2003 in the NCAA Tournament, falling 64-61, and will be the highest ranked opponent to visit the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum since No. 4 Utah on Nov. 26, 1996, won by Utah, 61-40.
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