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Utah State storms back to beat Colorado St., 73-69


LAS VEGAS (AP) Spencer Butterfield's 3-pointer and subsequent go-ahead free throws, after a Colorado State technical foul, keyed Utah State's 73-69 comeback victory over the Rams in the first round of the Mountain West Conference tournament on Wednesday.

Trailing 66-57 with 1:35 left, Utah State scored the next 12 points to start a 16-3 run to close the game.

Jalen Moore's 3-pointer pulled Utah State within 66-62 and his steal set up Butterfield's trey. Colorado State's Daniel Bejarano was called for a technical foul and Butterfield made both free throws for a 67-66 lead. Moore and Butterfield combined to make the next six-free throw attempts.

Preston Medlin led eighth-seeded Utah State (18-13) with 17 points. Butterfield and TeNale Roland had 14 each.

Dwight Smith scored a career-high 21 points for Colorado State (16-16) and Jon Octeus added 19 for the No. 9 seed.

Utah State will face top-seeded San Diego State Thursday.

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Mountain West
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Colorado St.0-04-01
Fresno St.0-04-039
Utah St.0-04-039
Air Force0-03-1198
New Mexico0-03-122
San Diego St0-03-2233
Boise St.0-02-2305
San Jose St.0-01-2291