Freshman guard Koby McEwen score 27 points opening up the Mountain West Tournament against San Jose State — it is the most points scored by any Aggie in postseason play since Tony Brown’s 29 points in the 2002 Big West Tournament. McEwen surpassed JacyCee Carroll with 22 points in the 2005 Big West Tournament.
It was McEwen’s seventh 20-point game of the season — the most from any freshman since Carroll in 2005.
In the first half, McEwen scored just five points in the first half, three of those being a buzzer shot to tie the Aggies up 31-31.
“The shot that I hit at the end of the half definitely got me going, just to see the ball go through the net,” McEwen said. “That’s a good thing for me to see that I just gain confidence and anything can happen after that.”
He came out in the second half scoring 24 points and went 5-5 from the 3-point range — the sixth time in Aggie history any player has gone 5-5 from 3-point land.
“I didn’t really come out saying I’m going to start gunning, it just felt right,” he said. “And every time I felt right taking the shot I just shot it and just my instincts took over. And usually when I do that, good things happen.”
The Aggies will face-off against Nevada tomorrow 1 p.m. MST. The game will be streamed on the Mountain West Network.