LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 Sports) — Nevada’s dynamic duo proved to be too much for Utah State on Friday night at the Spectrum.
Demond Cambridge Jr. and Grant Sherfield combined for 51 points as they led the Wolf Pack to an 85-72 win, handing Utah State its second straight loss after a five-game winning streak.
The Aggies now have five home losses this season, and any hope of receiving a general offer for the NCAA Tournament could be lost.
Utah State (15-11, 6-7 MW), which beat Nevada 78-49 in Reno on Jan. 29, held a 37-32 halftime lead, but Nevada (10 -13, 4-8 MW) edged USU 53-35 in the final 20 minutes to end their six-game losing streak.
“They came here and played a whale of a game, especially the second half,” Utah State head coach Ryan Odom said. “53 points in the second half and it really clicked on all cylinders. Going into the game, we knew what they were capable of.
Brandon Horvath scored a career-high 29 points for Utah State as he was 9 of 15 shooting from the field and 11 of 14 from the free throw line to go along with eight rebounds. Justin Bean added 16 points and nine rebounds, Rylan Jones scored 11 off the bench for the home team.
But the rest of the Utah State team only scored 16 points.
“We didn’t play our best tonight,” Jones said. “They came here and played much hungrier and wanted it more than us. They were playing desperately and they are a good team. If you let them go, like (Desmond) Cambridge and (Grant) Sherfield made a few shots, they’re a tough guard. These two are really good. They just outdid us, they were hungrier. We try to be the hungriest team and they beat us tonight.
Cambridge led Nevada with 27 points, shooting 10 of 16, including 6 of 9 from 3-pointers. Sherfield was just behind with 24 points while he was 12 of 14 from the free throw line and 5 of 14 from the field.
Nevada started the second half scoring the first four points and regained the lead at 40-39 on a field goal from Sherfield with 17:46 remaining. Utah State cut its four-point lead to 47-43 after a Horvath dunk at 15:06. Over the next four minutes there were three draws and two lead changes, before Nevada went on a 16-9 run to take a 69-60 lead with 6:41 remaining. USU never came close to six points the rest of the game as Nevada closed with a 5-0 run to make the final score 85-72.
Nevada finished the game with 47.5% (29 of 61), including 60.0% (18 of 30) in the second half. The Wolf Pack also made 50.0% (10 of 20) of their 3-pointers, including 63.6% (7 of 11) from deep in the second half. Nevada was also 17 of 26 from the free throw line for the game.
Utah State shot just 41.4 percent (24 of 58), including just 26.1 percent (6 of 23) from 3-point range, and 78.3 percent (18 of 23) from the line free throws.
Utah State finished the game with 14 turnovers to just eight for Nevada, and both teams had 37 rebounds.
Nevada scored the first seven points of the game as Utah State committed four turnovers in the first four minutes. USU took its first lead at 22-21 on a 3-pointer from RJ Eytle-Rock and ended the half on a 7-2 run in the final 1:45 to take a five-point advantage in the locker room.
Utah State shot 42.3% (11 of 26) in the first half, including just 27.3% (3 of 11) from 3-point range, and committed 11 turnovers, but held Nevada only 35.5% (11 out of 11). -31) shooting, including 33.3% (3 of 9) from 3 points.
After suffering just four home losses in the past three seasons combined, Utah State has now lost five games this year at Logan.
The Aggies are back in action on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. (MT), when they play at San Diego State.