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Merrill scores 24; Utah State beats Fresno State 71-59

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) Sam Merrill scored 24 points to lead Utah State to a 71-59 victory over Fresno State on Saturday night.

Justin Bean added 15 points and 11 rebounds for Utah State (21-7, 10-5 Mountain West Conference), which has won seven of its last eight games. Diogo Brito had 10 points.

Noah Blackwell had 13 points for Fresno State (9-17, 5-10), which has lost three of four. Nate Grimes added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Aggies never trailed. Fresno State pulled to 45-44 with 10:47 to play but didn't get closer.

Utah State plays at Wyoming on Wednesday. Fresno State host Air Force on Wednesday.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Utah State  
19:42   Sam Merrill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:40   Offensive rebound by Neemias Queta  
19:31 +3 Justin Bean made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Abel Porter 3-0
19:06 +2 Orlando Robinson made jump shot, assist by New Williams 3-2
18:40   Abel Porter missed layup, blocked by Orlando Robinson  
18:38   Offensive rebound by Justin Bean  
18:30 +2 Justin Bean made layup 5-2
18:24   Orlando Robinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:22   Defensive rebound by Justin Bean  
18:04   Brock Miller missed 3-pt. jump shot  
18:02   Offensive rebound by Justin Bean  
17:57 +2 Brock Miller made jump shot 7-2
17:29   Noah Blackwell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:27   Offensive rebound by Nate Grimes  
17:22 +2 Nate Grimes made layup 7-4
17:10 +3 Justin Bean made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Sam Merrill 10-4
16:46   Bad pass turnover on Nate Grimes, stolen by Neemias Queta  
16:32   Brock Miller missed 3-pt. jump shot  
16:30   Defensive rebound by Orlando Robinson  
16:35   Bad pass turnover on Jarred Hyder  
16:08   Brock Miller missed jump shot  
16:06   Offensive rebound by Brock Miller  
15:51   Sam Merrill missed jump shot  
15:49   Defensive rebound by Nate Grimes  
15:27   Jarred Hyder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:25   Defensive rebound by Sam Merrill  
15:12   Justin Bean missed jump shot  
15:10   Defensive rebound by New Williams  
15:01   Noah Blackwell missed jump shot  
14:59   Defensive rebound by Justin Bean  
14:38   Abel Porter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:36   Defensive rebound by New Williams  
14:13   Nate Grimes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:11   Defensive rebound by Abel Porter  
13:50   Brock Miller missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:48   Defensive rebound by Nate Grimes  
13:22 +3 Anthony Holland made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by New Williams 10-7
12:59   Sam Merrill missed layup  
12:57   Defensive rebound by Nate Grimes  
12:50   Jarred Hyder missed layup, blocked by Neemias Queta  
12:48   Offensive rebound by Noah Blackwell  
12:36   Bad pass turnover on Noah Blackwell, stolen by Neemias Queta  
12:25 +3 Sam Merrill made 3-pt. jump shot 13-7
12:12   Anthony Holland missed jump shot  
12:10   Defensive rebound by Justin Bean  
11:43   Abel Porter missed jump shot  
11:41   Defensive rebound by Jarred Hyder  
11:55   Personal foul on Neemias Queta  
11:55   Commercial timeout called  
11:45   Niven Hart missed jump shot, blocked by Sean Bairstow  
11:43   Defensive rebound by Utah State  
11:43   Commercial timeout called  
11:30   Sean Bairstow missed layup, blocked by Orlando Robinson  
11:28   Defensive rebound by Orlando Robinson  
11:01   Shooting foul on Kuba Karwowski  
11:01   Orlando Robinson missed 1st of 2 free throws  
11:01 +1 Orlando Robinson made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-8
10:37   Justin Bean missed layup  
10:35   Offensive rebound by Justin Bean  
10:34 +2 Justin Bean made tip-in 15-8
10:11   Orlando Robinson missed jump shot  
10:09   Defensive rebound by Diogo Brito  
9:53   Personal foul on Aguir Agau  
9:34 +2 Alphonso Anderson made layup, assist by Sean Bairstow 17-8
9:12   Orlando Robinson missed layup  
9:10   Defensive rebound by Kuba Karwowski  
9:10   Personal foul on Orlando Robinson  
8:53 +2 Sam Merrill made jump shot 19-8
8:42   Orlando Robinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:40   Defensive rebound by Utah State  
8:27   Sean Bairstow missed layup, blocked by Nate Grimes  
8:25   Offensive rebound by Sean Bairstow  
8:16 +2 Diogo Brito made layup, assist by Sean Bairstow 21-8
7:55   Shooting foul on Diogo Brito  
7:55 +1 Niven Hart made 1st of 2 free throws 21-9
7:55 +1 Niven Hart made 1st of 2 free throws 21-9
7:55   Niven Hart missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:55   Offensive rebound by Niven Hart  
7:45   New Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:43   Offensive rebound by Nate Grimes  
7:40   Shooting foul on Diogo Brito  
7:40   Nate Grimes missed 1st of 2 free throws  
7:40   Nate Grimes missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:40   Nate Grimes missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:40   Defensive rebound by Utah State  
7:20   Shooting foul on Anthony Holland  
7:20 +1 Sam Merrill made 1st of 2 free throws 22-9
7:20   Sam Merrill missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
7:20   Defensive rebound by Noah Blackwell  
6:59   Niven Hart missed jump shot  
6:57   Offensive rebound by Nate Grimes  
6:50   Noah Blackwell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:48   Defensive rebound by Neemias Queta  
6:30   Neemias Queta missed hook shot  
6:28   Defensive rebound by Anthony Holland  
6:23 +2 Niven Hart made dunk, assist by New Williams 22-11
6:07   Brock Miller missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:05   Defensive rebound by Niven Hart  
6:00   Offensive foul on Niven Hart  
6:00   Turnover on Niven Hart  
5:41   Sam Merrill missed jump shot  
5:39   Defensive rebound by Nate Grimes  
5:15 +2 Aguir Agau made layup, assist by Nate Grimes 22-13
5:01   Brock Miller missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:59   Defensive rebound by Niven Hart  
4:52   Niven Hart missed layup  
4:50   Defensive rebound by Neemias Queta  
4:30 +2 Neemias Queta made hook shot, assist by Sean Bairstow 24-13
4:14 +3 Nate Grimes made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jarred Hyder 24-16
3:50   Lost ball turnover on Neemias Queta, stolen by Aguir Agau  
3:46   New Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:44   Defensive rebound by Sam Merrill  
3:40   Commercial timeout called  
3:25   Bad pass turnover on Diogo Brito, stolen by Anthony Holland  
3:20   Traveling violation turnover on New Williams  
3:01   Personal foul on Jarred Hyder  
3:01 +2 Sam Merrill made jump shot, assist by Abel Porter 26-16
2:40 +2 New Williams made layup 26-18
2:22   Bad pass turnover on Justin Bean, stolen by Jarred Hyder  
2:19   Personal foul on Sam Merrill  
2:01 +2 Noah Blackwell made layup 26-20
1:44   Abel Porter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:43   Defensive rebound by Anthony Holland  
1:43   Jumpball received by Fresno State  
1:24 +3 New Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Noah Blackwell 26-23
25.0   Defensive rebound by Sam Merrill  
1:09   Commercial timeout called  
57.0 +2 Neemias Queta made layup 28-23
27.0   Anthony Holland missed 3-pt. jump shot  
25.0   Defensive rebound by Sam Merrill  
6.0 +3 Sam Merrill made 3-pt. jump shot 31-23

Time Team Play Score
19:53   Diogo Brito missed 3-pt. jump shot  
19:51   Defensive rebound by Jarred Hyder  
19:41   Personal foul on Justin Bean  
19:22 +3 Nate Grimes made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jarred Hyder 31-26
18:56   Personal foul on Nate Grimes  
18:53   Justin Bean missed layup, blocked by Orlando Robinson  
18:51   Offensive rebound by Utah State  
18:49 +2 Sam Merrill made jump shot, assist by Diogo Brito 33-26
18:31 +3 New Williams made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Noah Blackwell 33-29
18:10 +2 Justin Bean made layup, assist by Neemias Queta 35-29
17:51   Orlando Robinson missed jump shot  
17:49   Defensive rebound by Neemias Queta  
17:29 +3 Brock Miller made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Diogo Brito 38-29
17:07   Orlando Robinson missed jump shot, blocked by Neemias Queta  
17:05   Defensive rebound by Justin Bean  
16:53 +3 Sam Merrill made 3-pt. jump shot 41-29
16:34   Nate Grimes missed jump shot  
16:32   Defensive rebound by Brock Miller  
16:23   Offensive foul on Neemias Queta  
16:23   Turnover on Neemias Queta  
16:14 +3 Nate Grimes made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jarred Hyder 41-32
15:54   Neemias Queta missed hook shot  
15:52   Defensive rebound by Anthony Holland  
15:43 +2 Jarred Hyder made jump shot 41-34
15:26   Lost ball turnover on Neemias Queta, stolen by Anthony Holland  
15:16   Jarred Hyder missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:14   Defensive rebound by Diogo Brito  
14:57   Shooting foul on New Williams  
14:57   Commercial timeout called  
14:57 +1 Sam Merrill made 1st of 2 free throws 42-34
14:57 +1 Sam Merrill made 2nd of 2 free throws 43-34
14:34   Noah Blackwell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:32   Defensive rebound by Neemias Queta  
14:25   Bad pass turnover on Diogo Brito, stolen by Orlando Robinson  
14:17   Out of bounds turnover on Jarred Hyder  
14:05   Neemias Queta missed layup  
14:03   Defensive rebound by Noah Blackwell  
13:59   Niven Hart missed layup  
13:57   Defensive rebound by Justin Bean  
13:57   Jumpball received by Fresno State  
13:57   Lost ball turnover on Justin Bean  
13:51 +3 Niven Hart made 3-pt. jump shot 43-37
13:30   Lost ball turnover on Diogo Brito  
13:20   Niven Hart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:18   Defensive rebound by Sam Merrill  
13:03   Personal foul on Aguir Agau  
12:56 +2 Sam Merrill made jump shot 45-37
12:33   Shooting foul on Justin Bean  
12:33 +1 Orlando Robinson made 1st of 2 free throws 45-38
12:33   Orlando Robinson missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
12:33   Defensive rebound by Kuba Karwowski  
12:12   Sam Merrill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:10   Defensive rebound by Niven Hart  
11:47   New Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:45   Defensive rebound by Diogo Brito  
11:41   Sam Merrill missed layup, blocked by Anthony Holland  
11:39   Defensive rebound by Jarred Hyder  
11:37   Personal foul on Kuba Karwowski  
11:37   Commercial timeout called  
11:22 +3 Noah Blackwell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Niven Hart 45-41
10:56   Alphonso Anderson missed layup  
10:54   Defensive rebound by Nate Grimes  
10:46 +3 Noah Blackwell made 3-pt. jump shot 45-44
10:35   30-second timeout called  
10:35   Commercial timeout called  
10:27   Personal foul on Nate Grimes  
10:13 +3 Alphonso Anderson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Sam Merrill 48-44
9:43 +3 Niven Hart made 3-pt. jump shot 48-47
9:28 +3 Diogo Brito made 3-pt. jump shot 51-47
9:11   Noah Blackwell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:09   Defensive rebound by Alphonso Anderson  
8:58   Offensive foul on Sam Merrill  
8:58   Turnover on Sam Merrill  
8:40   New Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:38   Defensive rebound by Diogo Brito  
8:14   Shooting foul on Niven Hart  
8:14   Neemias Queta missed 1st of 2 free throws  
8:14 +1 Neemias Queta made 2nd of 2 free throws 52-47
8:05   Niven Hart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:03   Defensive rebound by Justin Bean  
7:49   Justin Bean missed layup  
7:47   Offensive rebound by Diogo Brito  
7:43   Diogo Brito missed tip-in  
7:41   Offensive rebound by Diogo Brito  
7:41 +2 Diogo Brito made tip-in 54-47
7:41   30-second timeout called  
7:41   Commercial timeout called  
7:28   Lost ball turnover on Aguir Agau, stolen by Sam Merrill  
7:19 +2 Sam Merrill made layup 56-47
6:58 +3 Noah Blackwell made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by New Williams 56-50
6:28   Brock Miller missed jump shot  
6:26   Defensive rebound by New Williams  
6:12 +3 Orlando Robinson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by New Williams 56-53
5:42 +3 Diogo Brito made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Justin Bean 59-53
5:20   Noah Blackwell missed 3-pt. jump shot  
5:18   Defensive rebound by Neemias Queta  
4:58   Offensive foul on Neemias Queta  
4:58   Turnover on Neemias Queta  
4:45   Shooting foul on Brock Miller  
4:45 +1 Jarred Hyder made 1st of 2 free throws 59-54
4:45 +1 Jarred Hyder made 2nd of 2 free throws 59-55
4:24   Diogo Brito missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:22   Offensive rebound by Justin Bean  
4:17   Brock Miller missed 3-pt. jump shot  
4:15   Offensive rebound by Neemias Queta  
4:16   Shooting foul on Orlando Robinson  
4:16 +1 Neemias Queta made 1st of 2 free throws 60-55
4:16 +1 Neemias Queta made 2nd of 2 free throws 61-55
3:57   New Williams missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:55   Defensive rebound by Sean Bairstow  
3:52   Personal foul on Anthony Holland  
3:52   Commercial timeout called  
3:52 +1 Sean Bairstow made 1st of 2 free throws 62-55
3:52   Sean Bairstow missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:52   Defensive rebound by Nate Grimes  
3:42   Nate Grimes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:40   Defensive rebound by Diogo Brito  
3:15   Sam Merrill missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:13   Offensive rebound by Justin Bean  
3:10   Shot clock violation turnover on Utah State  
2:51   Bad pass turnover on New Williams, stolen by Diogo Brito  
2:45 +2 Sean Bairstow made dunk, assist by Diogo Brito 64-55
2:30   Niven Hart missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:28   Offensive rebound by Nate Grimes  
2:12 +2 Noah Blackwell made jump shot 64-57
1:57 +2 Sean Bairstow made dunk, assist by Sam Merrill 66-57
1:29   Personal foul on Neemias Queta  
1:29   Nate Grimes missed free throw  
1:29   Defensive rebound by Neemias Queta  
1:05 +2 Justin Bean made jump shot, assist by Sam Merrill 68-57
54.0   Nate Grimes missed 3-pt. jump shot  
52.0   Defensive rebound by Sean Bairstow  
42.0   Personal foul on Niven Hart  
42.0 +1 Sam Merrill made 1st of 2 free throws 69-57
42.0