After squeaking out a three-point victory in the series opener, the Utah State Aggies trounced the Nevada Wolf Pack 87-66 Sunday in Logan, Utah, on senior night.
The program honored two seniors for senior night: Kuba Karwowski, the tallest player in program history at 7-foot-2, and Alphonso Anderson.
Sunday marked Nevada’s first time getting swept since Jan. 22-24 against Wyoming.
Nevada drops to 14-9 and 9-7 in conference-play. Utah State improves to 16-7 with a 13-4 Mountain West record.
In surprising fashion, the Pack posted a better field goal percentage (47.1 to 42.6) and 3-point percentage (42.1 to 18.2) than their counterpart. But Utah State converted on 25-of-27 (92.6 percent) from the free throw line, where Nevada went just 10-of-15 (66.7 percent).
Desmond Cambridge led Nevada with a team-high 13 points on 4-of-15 shooting with four rebounds. Warren Washington had 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor.
Two Pack true freshmen Tre Coleman and Daniel Foster put together quality performances. Coleman had 12 points — one shy of tying his career high — on 4-of-6 shooting from deep. Daniel Foster tallied a career-high 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting.
Wolf Pack star guard Grant Sherfield was limited to a season-low six points on 2-of-8 shooting. His first basket didn’t come until the 9:24 mark in the second half. The 6-foot-2 guard added team-highs in the rebounds (5) and assist (7) categories.
Utah State’s Neemias Queta dominated throughout the entire contest, tallying his fourth consecutive double-double. He finished with a team-high 26 points on 9-of-19 shooting with 13 rebounds and a team-high six assists. He has 11 double-doubles this season.
Justin Bean recorded his second straight double-double — his sixth this year — with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Anderson finished with 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting. Marco Anthony had 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting.
Utah State, who has utilized its physicality and size to wear down opponents all season, didn’t have a different formula Sunday. After entering Sunday nationally ranked in the top-30 in offensive rebounding (12.5 orpg), the Aggies totaled 17 offensive rebounds (compared to the Pack’s one) that translated into 24 second-chance points.
As a team, the Aggies finished plus-23 on the glass — their best rebounding margin since they finished a plus-31 against New Mexico on Jan. 8.
After back-to-back 3-pointers from Coleman that tied it at eight, Utah State went on an 11-0 run to take the 19-8 lead with 11:28 remaining. The Pack missed eight of their first 11 shots with six turnovers in that span.
Queta’s jump hook extended it to 25-10 with 9:24 to go in the opening half. Nevada had 10 turnovers within the first 13 minutes of the game; for perspective, it didn’t hit the double-digit turnovers threshold in Friday’s meeting until there was three seconds left in the first half.
Coleman’s 3-pointer trimmed the advantage to 27-18. Rollie Worster’s 3-pointer, followed by Queta’s two-handed slam gave the Aggies the 38-22 advantage with 2:07 remaining.
Despite shooting 2-of-15 from beyond the arc in the first half, the Aggies cruised into halftime with a 39-23 lead. They shot 38.4 percent — including 11-of-19 from inside the arc — compared to Nevada’s 36.4 percent mark from the floor.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from Coleman and Cambridge cut the deficit to 11 with 17:08 remaining, prompting an Aggie timeout. Queta’s and-1 conversion widened it to 54-37 with 13:19 to go. Bean’s second-chance putback gave Utah State the 61-38 lead.
Washington’s two-handed slam cut it to 76-54 with 4:26 remaining. The Aggie lead did not fall below 20 the final 11:43 of the contest.
Nevada’s final regular season game will be a home makeup game against Colorado State on Friday, March 5 at 6 p.m. PST. It will need a win or UNLV to lose in one of its final two games to clinch a first-round bye as the conference’s No. 5-seed. The one caveat being with a No. 5 is that its first game will be against the No. 4 seed on March 11. The Mountain West Tournament begins March 10.
Utah State will play Wyoming on Thursday before traveling to Fresno State for its regular season finale Saturday. Both are considered makeup games.