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Merrill lifts Utah St. over Boise St. 78-71 in OT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Sam Merrill had 32 points as Utah State defeated Boise State 78-71 in overtime on Saturday.

Utah State outscored Boise State 6-0 in the final 1:59 of overtime. Earlier, Merrill's 3-point play tied it at 68 with 16 seconds left in regulation.

Abel Porter had 16 points for Utah State (22-6, 12-3 Mountain West Conference), which earned its fourth consecutive victory. Brock Miller added 11 points. Neemias Queta had 10 points for the visitors.

Derrick Alston had 22 points for the Broncos (11-16, 6-8). Justinian Jessup tied a season high with 21 points. Alex Hobbs had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Utah State takes on San Diego State at home on Tuesday. Boise State plays Colorado State at home on Wednesday.

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Key Players
S. Merrill
J. Jessup
34.0 Min. Per Game 34.0
13.1 Pts. Per Game 13.1
2.4 Ast. Per Game 2.4
4.5 Reb. Per Game 4.5
46.4 Field Goal % 43.8
40.2 Three Point % 41.6
90.2 Free Throw % 71.7
  Defensive rebound by Abel Porter 15.0
  Pat Dembley missed 3-pt. jump shot 17.0
+ 1 Sam Merrill made 2nd of 2 free throws 27.0
+ 1 Sam Merrill made 1st of 2 free throws 27.0
  Personal foul on Pat Dembley 27.0
  Lost ball turnover on Derrick Alston 33.0
+ 2 Brock Miller made driving layup 53.0
  Offensive rebound by Brock Miller 1:15
  Sam Merrill missed jump shot 1:17
  Defensive rebound by Neemias Queta 1:43
  Alex Hobbs missed driving layup 1:45
Team Stats
Points 78 71
Field Goals 25-58 (43.1%) 24-57 (42.1%)
3-Pointers 9-26 (34.6%) 12-25 (48.0%)
Free Throws 19-24 (79.2%) 11-19 (57.9%)
Total Rebounds 40 33
Offensive 6 2
Defensive 32 31
Team 2 0
Assists 13 12
Steals 3 4
Blocks 1 2
Turnovers 10 10
Fouls 17 20
Technicals 0 0
32 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST
22 PTS, 5 REB, 2 AST
12OTT
away team logo Utah State 22-6 37311078
home team logo Boise State 11-16 3038371
Team Stats
away team logo Utah State 22-6 79.2 PPG 43.5 RPG 17.2 APG
home team logo Boise State 11-16 71.6 PPG 33.6 RPG 12.1 APG
Key Players
5
S. Merrill G 21.2 PPG 4.0 RPG 4.2 APG 46.5 FG%
21
D. Alston G 13.4 PPG 3.9 RPG 1.1 APG 48.5 FG%
Top Scorers
S. Merrill G 32 PTS 8 REB 3 AST
D. Alston G 22 PTS 5 REB 2 AST
43.1 FG% 42.1
34.6 3PT FG% 48.0
79.2 FT% 57.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Merrill 32 8 3 9/19 5/11 9/9 2 45 0 0 2 0 8
A. Porter 16 4 3 3/8 3/6 7/7 1 40 1 0 1 0 4
B. Miller 11 5 1 4/8 1/3 2/2 2 39 0 0 0 3 2
N. Queta 10 8 2 5/7 0/0 0/3 2 36 1 1 3 0 8
Q. Taylor 2 4 1 1/5 0/2 0/0 5 21 0 0 3 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Merrill 32 8 3 9/19 5/11 9/9 2 45 0 0 2 0 8
A. Porter 16 4 3 3/8 3/6 7/7 1 40 1 0 1 0 4
B. Miller 11 5 1 4/8 1/3 2/2 2 39 0 0 0 3 2
N. Queta 10 8 2 5/7 0/0 0/3 2 36 1 1 3 0 8
Q. Taylor 2 4 1 1/5 0/2 0/0 5 21 0 0 3 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Brito 7 5 3 3/11 0/4 1/3 4 30 1 0 0 1 4
J. Bean 0 3 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 11 0 0 1 0 3
D. Brown Jr. 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
K. Stall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Ainge - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Grootfaam - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Knight III - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Fakira - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 78 38 13 25/58 9/26 19/24 17 225 3 1 10 6 32
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Alston 22 5 2 7/16 4/9 4/6 4 38 0 1 3 0 5
J. Jessup 21 2 2 8/14 4/7 1/1 0 44 0 1 1 0 2
A. Hobbs 13 10 2 4/11 1/3 4/6 0 42 1 0 3 0 10
M. Dickinson 5 4 1 2/5 1/2 0/0 5 37 1 0 1 0 4
D. Wacker 0 3 2 0/0 0/0 0/2 1 13 0 0 1 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Alston 22 5 2 7/16 4/9 4/6 4 38 0 1 3 0 5
J. Jessup 21 2 2 8/14 4/7 1/1 0 44 0 1 1 0 2
A. Hobbs 13 10 2 4/11 1/3 4/6 0 42 1 0 3 0 10
M. Dickinson 5 4 1 2/5 1/2 0/0 5 37 1 0 1 0 4
D. Wacker 0 3 2 0/0 0/0 0/2 1 13 0 0 1 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Harwell 8 1 2 2/3 2/2 2/2 3 26 2 0 0 0 1
Z. Haney 2 6 1 1/4 0/0 0/2 4 14 0 0 1 2 4
P. Dembley 0 2 0 0/4 0/2 0/0 3 11 0 0 0 0 2
R. Jorch - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Huang - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Rice - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Abercrombie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bereal - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 71 33 12 24/57 12/25 11/19 20 225 4 2 10 2 31