The Nevada men’s and women’s teams came away 1-1 against Utah State on Saturday. The women’s team earned its first conference win of the season with a 69-60 victory. The men’s team fell to Utah State on a snowy night in Logan, Utah.
NEVADA MEN’S TEAM FALLS TO UTAH STATE ON THE ROAD
A cold shooting night plagued Nevada in an 80-70 loss to Utah State on Saturday at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan, Utah.
Nevada shot just 38 percent from the floor and 43 percent from 3-point range to fuel Utah State’s dominant performance on both ends of the floor.
Utah State had a heavy advantage on the boards. The Aggies out-rebounded the Pack 43-28 and took away any second-chance opportunities.
Coming off back-to-back conference losses, the Wolf Pack fell to 10-7 overall and 3-2 in conference this season.
Nevada’s potent backcourt carried the scoring load. Jalen Harris scored a season-high 31 points on 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range. Jazz Johnson added 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting.
Utah State shot 46 percent from the floor and 29 percent from beyond the arc. Neemias Queta scored a team-high 19 points with seven rebounds. Sam Merrill added 12 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Utah State jumped out to an early 20-6 lead. Harris’ deep 3-pointer helped the Pack trim their deficit to 24-18 with under five minutes remaining in the first half. The Aggies finished the half on a high note with a Sean Bairstow reverse layup.
Nevada trailed 32-23 at halftime.
Queta’s emphatic dunk extended Utah State’s lead to 42-28 five minutes into the second half. The Aggies extended their lead to 54-38 with 10:08 left.
Utah State kept a double-digit lead for the rest of the contest and cruised to a dominant win.
The Wolf Pack return to Lawlor Events Center on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. in a conference matchup against Wyoming.
NEVADA WOMEN’S TEAM TOPS UTAH STATE, EARN FIRST MW WIN
Nevada topped Utah State 69-60 for its first conference win of the season on Saturday at Lawlor Events Center.
The Wolf Pack improved to 8-8 overall and 1-4 in conference.
Nevada shot 48 percent from the field and 31 percent from 3-point range. Four players scored in double figures. Freshman forward Dom Phillips scored a season-high 17 points on 3-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Imani Lacy had 12 points and two steals. Marguerite Effa added 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Nia Alexander chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds.
Utah State shot 48 percent from the field and 45 percent from 3-point range. Sophomore guard Steph Gorman scored 17 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Marlene Aniambossou scored 14 points and hauled in four rebounds.
Utah State had built up a seven-point lead on Nevada in the first quarter, before the Pack used a 6-0 run to close out the period and climb back in the game. Nevada erased the deficit though with 12-0 run to establish a five-point advantage just before halftime.
Nevada was able to maintain its lead throughout the rest of the game and did not trail from the 4:55 mark of the second to the final whistle. In the third the Wolf Pack offense came alive to give the team its largest lead of the game to that point at 16 points with 3:47 to play in the quarter.
The Aggies brought the deficit back down to single digits, but Nevada responded. The Pack maintained a double digit lead throughout much of the fourth, until the final basket of the game by the Aggies made the score 69-60.
Nevada faces Wyoming on Jan. 15 at the Arena-Auditorium.
— Isaiah Burrows