LOGAN – The student attendance was at a season-high for Saturday night’s game, and so was the pregame energy. The goal to bring back the magic back to the Spectrum seemed to be working, at least for the spectators.
The Aggie basketball team’s performance was anything but magical.
Utah State seemed lost offensively in the 64-56 loss to Colorado State. The team shot just 36.7 percent from the field while making just 3-of-19 three pointers.
“Offense is fickle,” head coach Tim Duryea said. “Tonight it wasn’t there.”
CSU’s Prentiss Nixon, who finished with 14 points, opened the game with a 3-pointer 46 seconds in. The Rams led the rest of the way. At the 12:23 mark, Utah State trailed 19-6. The Ram lead hit 16 in second half.
“We didn’t have a good enough first half, we dug ourselves a hole,” Duryea said. “Then in the second half we kind of tread water, but that’s not good enough either when you dig yourself a 12-point hole.”
USU was able to battle back and cut the deficit to six with less than a minute remaining,
“We fought hard in the second half to come back,” senior guard Shane Rector said. “But, you know, it was too little, too late.”
Duryea said his team’s performance was out of character.
“We looked like a young, immature team tonight,” he said.
Jalen Moore led the Aggies with 14 points, freshman Koby McEwen had 13.
Nixon was one of three Rams to score in double figures. Emmanuel Omogbo led the way with 20, while Gian Clavell added 15. The trio was three of just seven available players for Colorado State.
The loss was USU’s third straight. It dropped the overall record 8-10 and the conference mark to 2-5.
Duryea said his team simply has to get better.
“This standard won’t change,” he said. “The level of accountability won’t change. We’re going to prep, we’re going to work and we’re going to get better.”