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LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Koby McEwen and Jalen Moore combined for 37 points as Utah State pulled away from New Orleans in the second half for a 76-66 victory on Monday night.

Moore, who now has 1,284 career points, made 5 of 8 field goal attempts for 18 points. McEwin led Utah State (6-4) with 19 points and had seven rebounds. Shane Rector chipped in 13 points.

Utah State shot 63.2 percent (12 of 19) in the second half to finish with 24-of-48 shooting while limiting New Orleans to 40.7 percent.

McEwen drilled a 3-pointer and added two free throws with 1:11 left in the first half for a 31-29 advantage and the Aggies never trailed again. New Orleans closed to 50-49 with 8:53 left in the game following two straight Christavious Gill layups. Sam Merrell responded with a trey to start an 11-5 run.

Erik Thomas led New Orleans (4-6) with 21 points.

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