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Utah State wins at Wyoming, 71-55, for first time since 1962

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) Sam Merrill had 22 points and tied his career high with eight rebounds, freshman Neemias Queta scored 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting, and Utah State beat Wyoming 71-55 Saturday.

The Aggies (12-5, 2-2 Mountain West Conference) snapped an eight-game skid against the Cowboys, winning at Wyoming for the first time since Feb. 16, 1962.

Merrill made 8 of 14 from the field and Queta, who came in leading the conference in blocks per game (2.3) and has at least one in every game this season, blocked two shots.

Wyoming (4-13, 0-4) made five of its first eight shots during a 12-4 opening run and led until Diogo Brito hit a 3-pointer with to give the Aggies a 24-21 lead and they never again trailed. Merrill hit a 3-pointer just before halftime to make it 32-25 and a 9-0 run midway through the second half extended Utah State's lead to 13 points. The Cowboys trimmed their deficit to 52-43 on a dunk by Jordan Naughton about 90 seconds later but Merrill answered with a 3 and Utah State led by double figures the rest of the way.

Justin James, a senior guard who came in as one of just five players in Division I averaging at least 20 points and 9.5 rebounds, scored 27 and grabbed 10 boards for Wyoming. The Cowboys have lost four in a row and seven of their last eight.

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Key Players
S. Merrill
J. James
38.1 Min. Per Game 38.1
20.7 Pts. Per Game 20.7
4.2 Ast. Per Game 4.2
9.3 Reb. Per Game 9.3
49.8 Field Goal % 38.3
38.2 Three Point % 26.4
90.3 Free Throw % 75.0
+ 1 Hunter Thompson made 2nd of 2 free throws 26.0
  Hunter Thompson missed 1st of 2 free throws 26.0
  Personal foul on Diogo Brito 26.0
+ 1 Diogo Brito made 2nd of 2 free throws 34.0
+ 1 Diogo Brito made 1st of 2 free throws 34.0
  Personal foul on Justin James 34.0
  Out of bounds turnover on Justin James 56.0
  Defensive rebound by Justin James 1:08
  Dwayne Brown Jr. missed free throw 1:08
  Personal foul on Justin James 1:08
  Defensive rebound by Dwayne Brown Jr. 1:20
Team Stats
Points 71 55
Field Goals 27-57 (47.4%) 20-50 (40.0%)
3-Pointers 7-24 (29.2%) 7-20 (35.0%)
Free Throws 10-17 (58.8%) 8-13 (61.5%)
Total Rebounds 40 29
Offensive 8 1
Defensive 27 25
Team 5 3
Assists 13 7
Steals 4 2
Blocks 3 4
Turnovers 7 8
Fouls 16 15
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 8 REB, 4 AST
27 PTS, 10 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Utah State 12-5 323971
home team logo Wyoming 4-13 253055
Team Stats
away team logo Utah State 12-5 78.5 PPG 45.2 RPG 16.5 APG
home team logo Wyoming 4-13 67.5 PPG 36.2 RPG 9.2 APG
Key Players
5
S. Merrill G 19.3 PPG 3.9 RPG 4.1 APG 49.8 FG%
1
J. James G 21.1 PPG 9.3 RPG 4.1 APG 38.3 FG%
Top Scorers
S. Merrill G 22 PTS 8 REB 4 AST
J. James G 27 PTS 10 REB 2 AST
47.4 FG% 40.0
29.2 3PT FG% 35.0
58.8 FT% 61.5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Merrill 22 8 4 8/14 2/6 4/6 4 38 0 0 1 1 7
N. Queta 14 5 0 6/7 0/0 2/5 1 26 0 2 0 1 4
Q. Taylor 7 4 4 3/8 1/3 0/0 1 26 1 0 0 1 3
B. Miller 3 3 2 1/6 1/4 0/0 1 35 0 0 1 2 1
C. Ainge 0 2 0 0/3 0/3 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Merrill 22 8 4 8/14 2/6 4/6 4 38 0 0 1 1 7
N. Queta 14 5 0 6/7 0/0 2/5 1 26 0 2 0 1 4
Q. Taylor 7 4 4 3/8 1/3 0/0 1 26 1 0 0 1 3
B. Miller 3 3 2 1/6 1/4 0/0 1 35 0 0 1 2 1
C. Ainge 0 2 0 0/3 0/3 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Brown Jr. 13 6 0 6/8 1/2 0/1 2 22 0 0 1 2 4
D. Brito 10 3 2 3/6 2/4 2/3 3 27 3 0 2 1 2
T. Knight 2 1 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 0 4 0 0 0 0 1
A. Porter 0 1 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 4 11 0 0 2 0 1
J. Bean 0 2 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 7 0 1 0 0 2
K. Stall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Grootfaam - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Knight III - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Fakira - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 71 35 13 27/57 7/24 10/17 16 201 4 3 7 8 27
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. James 27 10 2 10/21 2/5 5/8 2 40 0 2 3 1 9
T. Taylor 14 3 1 5/10 4/6 0/0 4 37 1 0 1 0 3
H. Thompson 5 2 2 1/5 1/3 2/4 2 35 0 0 0 0 2
A. Banks 5 3 2 2/4 0/1 1/1 2 31 0 0 1 0 3
T. Young 0 7 0 0/4 0/3 0/0 1 31 0 0 2 0 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. James 27 10 2 10/21 2/5 5/8 2 40 0 2 3 1 9
T. Taylor 14 3 1 5/10 4/6 0/0 4 37 1 0 1 0 3
H. Thompson 5 2 2 1/5 1/3 2/4 2 35 0 0 0 0 2
A. Banks 5 3 2 2/4 0/1 1/1 2 31 0 0 1 0 3
T. Young 0 7 0 0/4 0/3 0/0 1 31 0 0 2 0 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Naughton 4 0 0 2/4 0/0 0/0 1 10 0 2 0 0 0
B. Porter 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 6 0 0 1 0 1
A. Mueller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Maldonado - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hendricks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Belt - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Henry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 55 26 7 20/50 7/20 8/13 15 190 2 4 8 1 25