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Utah State rallies past Boise State 78-75 to advance in MWC

LAS VEGAS (AP) Sam Merrill scored 28 points, shooting 7 of 10 from 3-point range, and seventh-seeded Utah State came back to beat No. 2 seed Boise State 78-75 in a Mountain West Basketball Conference Tournament quarterfinal on Thursday night.

The Aggies (17-16) advance to a Friday semifinal game.

Koby McEwen tied it at 73 with 1:41 left and Dwayne Brown Jr.'s free throw almost a minute later gave Utah State the lead for good. Chandler Hutchison missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

Boise State (23-8) raced to a 16-7 lead with Christian Sengfelder burying a pair of 3-pointers and Justinian Jessup and Lexus Williams each adding a 3. Alex Hobbs later made a pair of free throws, a layup and a 3 and the Broncos led 36-20.

Utah State climbed back in it with a 12-4 run in the last three minutes to end the half, and after the break went on 9-0 run - Merill scored seven points - and the Aggies were within 51-50. McEwen's jumper with 11:12 left gave their Aggies their first lead at 55-54. Williams followed with a jumper, and Diogo Brito made a 3 to put Utah State back up.

Williams led Boise State with 24 points.

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Key Players
S. Merrill
3 G
C. Hutchison
15 G
30.9 Min. Per Game 30.9
19.5 Pts. Per Game 19.5
3.5 Ast. Per Game 3.5
7.6 Reb. Per Game 7.6
50.3 Field Goal % 46.7
46.8 Three Point % 35.2
84.5 Free Throw % 72.7
  Chandler Hutchison missed 3-pt. jump shot 2.0
+ 1 Koby McEwen made 2nd of 2 free throws 7.0
  Koby McEwen missed 1st of 2 free throws 7.0
  Personal foul on Justinian Jessup 7.0
  Defensive rebound by Koby McEwen 8.0
  Chandler Hutchison missed running Jump Shot 10.0
  Lost ball turnover on Koby McEwen, stolen by Marcus Dickinson 16.0
  Lost ball turnover on Marcus Dickinson, stolen by Sam Merrill 19.0
  Lost ball turnover on Sam Merrill, stolen by Justinian Jessup 22.0
+ 2 Zach Haney made layup 24.0
  Offensive rebound by Zach Haney 26.0
Team Stats
Points 78 75
Field Goals 25-54 (46.3%) 25-60 (41.7%)
3-Pointers 14-25 (56.0%) 10-25 (40.0%)
Free Throws 14-18 (77.8%) 15-17 (88.2%)
Total Rebounds 26 34
Offensive 2 7
Defensive 23 25
Team 1 2
Assists 16 14
Steals 4 8
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 14 12
Fouls 16 17
Technicals 0 0
28 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST
24 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo Utah State 17-16 324678
home team logo Boise State 23-8 403575
Team Stats
away team logo Utah State 17-16 73.2 PPG 36.1 RPG 13.9 APG
home team logo Boise State 23-8 78.2 PPG 41.3 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
3
S. Merrill G 16.3 PPG 3.3 RPG 3.1 APG 50.4 FG%
2
L. Williams G 9.5 PPG 2.3 RPG 2.3 APG 43.1 FG%
Top Scorers
S. Merrill G 28 PTS 5 REB 5 AST
L. Williams G 24 PTS 4 REB 5 AST
46.3 FG% 41.7
56.0 3PT FG% 40.0
77.8 FT% 88.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Merrill 37 28 5 5 1 0 2 2 8/15 7/10 5/6 0 5
K. McEwen 40 14 8 6 1 0 3 3 5/12 2/6 2/4 0 8
D. Brown Jr. 23 10 1 1 0 0 3 2 3/8 1/3 3/4 0 1
J. Pearre 30 9 2 3 1 0 2 1 3/6 3/3 0/0 0 2
Q. Taylor 21 4 5 0 0 0 2 4 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Merrill 37 28 5 5 1 0 2 2 8/15 7/10 5/6 0 5
K. McEwen 40 14 8 6 1 0 3 3 5/12 2/6 2/4 0 8
D. Brown Jr. 23 10 1 1 0 0 3 2 3/8 1/3 3/4 0 1
J. Pearre 30 9 2 3 1 0 2 1 3/6 3/3 0/0 0 2
Q. Taylor 21 4 5 0 0 0 2 4 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Brito 20 5 0 1 1 0 1 2 2/4 1/2 0/0 0 0
A. Dargenton 19 4 3 0 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 4/4 0 3
D. Henson 10 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 2/6 0/1 0/0 1 0
A. Porter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Ainge - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bean - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Isby - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Larson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 78 25 16 4 0 14 16 25/54 14/25 14/18 2 23
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Williams 34 24 4 5 2 0 1 1 8/17 3/7 5/6 0 4
C. Hutchison 25 14 3 3 0 0 2 3 4/13 0/3 6/7 1 2
C. Sengfelder 26 11 6 1 0 0 2 4 3/6 3/5 2/2 1 5
J. Jessup 33 11 6 0 3 0 1 3 4/10 3/7 0/0 0 6
Z. Haney 26 4 8 2 1 0 2 4 2/6 0/0 0/0 3 5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Williams 34 24 4 5 2 0 1 1 8/17 3/7 5/6 0 4
C. Hutchison 25 14 3 3 0 0 2 3 4/13 0/3 6/7 1 2
C. Sengfelder 26 11 6 1 0 0 2 4 3/6 3/5 2/2 1 5
J. Jessup 33 11 6 0 3 0 1 3 4/10 3/7 0/0 0 6
Z. Haney 26 4 8 2 1 0 2 4 2/6 0/0 0/0 3 5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Hobbs 24 9 3 3 0 0 2 0 3/6 1/2 2/2 1 2
R. Jorch 11 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 0
M. Dickinson 21 0 1 0 2 0 2 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1
D. Wacker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Harwell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Alston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Christon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Jardine - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Serven - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Holst - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 75 32 14 8 0 12 17 25/60 10/25 15/17 7 25