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3 keys in the Utah State Aggies’ 71-69 loss to the Wyoming Cowboys

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Utah State guard Max Shulga (11) and Wyoming guard Xavier DuSell scramble for a loose ball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Logan, Utah. (Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal via AP)

Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal via AP

Utah State returned to the Spectrum on Saturday for the first time since Dec. 21, but lost 71-69 to a Wyoming team that hadn’t played a game since Christmas

Here are three keys to Utah State’s 71-69 loss.

  • Utah State’s 3-point shooting woes in Mountain West play continued, with the Aggies missing their first nine attempts from long range. Utah State ended up going just 6 for 26 from 3-point range while shooting 40.6 percent from the field overall.
  • Utah State struggled with defending Wyoming forward Graham Ike in the post (23 points, including the game-winner with 3.3 seconds left), while senior guard Hunter Maldonado took over down the stretch (21 points) for the Cowboys.
  • Playing without senior guards RJ Eytle-Rock (COVID protocol) and Brock Miller (back), the Aggies did get 19 points and four 3-pointers from junior guard Rylan Jones. Senior forward Justin Bean also had 19 points, while junior guard Sean Bairstow added 15.