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3 takeaways from Utah State’s 59-56 loss to UNLV

Aggies come up just short in wild finish that saw them nearly erase nine-point deficit in a minute

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UNLV’s Bryce Hamilton (13) fouls Utah State’s Marco Anthony (44) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Las Vegas.

John Locher, Associated Press

Utah State staged a comeback from down nine with a minute left but came up just short after Steven Ashworth’s tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer was blocked.

Here are three takeaways from the Aggies’ 59-56 loss to UNLV.

  • Incredibly, USU was able to climb back into the game after being down nine with 1:08 left in the contest. Marco Anthony made a pair of free throws to cut the Rebels’ lead to seven points, then stole the ball and fed Justin Bean for a layup to make it 57-52 with 58 seconds to go. This time, UNLV was able to beat the USU trap, but Nick Blake missed a wide-open dunk and Bean was fouled and knocked down two free throws to make it a three-point game with 30 seconds remaining. Blake travelled on the next possession and Anthony was fouled and made both free throws, bringing the Aggies within a point. Two made free throws by David Jenkins Jr. gave the Rebels a three-point lead, and Ashworth’s 3-pointer at the buzzer was blocked by Moses Wood.
  • UNLV’s 13 made 3-pointers were a season high for the Rebels.
  • Anthony led Utah State with 18 points, while Bean chipped in 10. Neemias Queta was held to single digits — eight points — for the first time in nine games.