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Porter's 3 with 1.8 left gives Utah State win over Lobos

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Abel Porter's 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left and just as the shot clock expired gave Utah State a 68-66 win Saturday over New Mexico.

With the Lobos (9-11, 3-5 Mountain West) leading 66-65, Anthony Mathis was called for a controversial backcourt violation with 31 seconds left.

The Aggies (15-5, 5-2) ran the clock down then Sam Merrill got caught on the outside and he forced a low pass to Porter, who scooped it up and fired for the game-winner.

Mathis had a half-court shot hit iron and bounce away at the buzzer.

By pounding the ball inside to Neemias Queta and relying on Merrill, who finished with 22 points, on the perimeter, the Aggies ran off to an early 22-8 lead.

Then it was just a matter of New Mexico chiseling away at the deficit.

It helped that after missing their first nine 3-pointers, the Lobos' Keith McGee hit one with four minutes remaining in the first half and was followed by consecutive 3s from Makuach Maluach to cut it to 27-22.

The Lobos took their first lead since the opening seconds at 62-61 after Mathis hit a 3 with 5:33 left, his fourth of the second half. He finished 16, all coming in the second half, and Carlton Bragg had 18 points. Brock Miller added 16 for the Aggies.

BIG PICTURE

Utah State: The win moves Utah State into a third-place tie with Fresno State, which lost to Colorado State on Saturday.

New Mexico: With a win, New Mexico would have moved into a fourth-place tie with the Aggies, but the loss drops the Lobos into the bottom third of the conference.

UP NEXT

Utah State: Home Wednesday to meet San Jose State.

New Mexico: Plays Feb. 2 at Fresno State.

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Key Players
S. Merrill
V. Jackson
2 G
26.7 Min. Per Game 26.7
12.8 Pts. Per Game 12.8
2.4 Ast. Per Game 2.4
7.3 Reb. Per Game 7.3
47.9 Field Goal % 42.7
36.9 Three Point % 35.3
89.0 Free Throw % 61.0
  Defensive rebound by Utah State 0.0
  Anthony Mathis missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
+ 3 Abel Porter made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Sam Merrill 2.0
  Backcourt turnover on Anthony Mathis 32.0
  Defensive rebound by Vance Jackson 39.0
  Sam Merrill missed layup, blocked by Carlton Bragg 41.0
  Defensive rebound by Abel Porter 56.0
  Carlton Bragg missed layup 58.0
+ 1 Quinn Taylor made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:25
  Quinn Taylor missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:25
  Shooting foul on Makuach Maluach 1:25
Team Stats
Points 68 66
Field Goals 27-55 (49.1%) 23-58 (39.7%)
3-Pointers 9-18 (50.0%) 8-24 (33.3%)
Free Throws 5-11 (45.5%) 12-15 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 37 31
Offensive 7 6
Defensive 25 21
Team 5 4
Assists 16 11
Steals 4 3
Blocks 3 5
Turnovers 13 11
Fouls 17 15
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
18 PTS, 6 REB
12T
away team logo Utah State 15-5 363268
home team logo New Mexico 9-11 273966
Team Stats
away team logo Utah State 15-5 78.7 PPG 43.4 RPG 17.1 APG
home team logo New Mexico 9-11 76.3 PPG 40.6 RPG 13.9 APG
Key Players
5
S. Merrill G 20.9 PPG 3.9 RPG 4.2 APG 46.1 FG%
35
C. Bragg F 10.5 PPG 8.8 RPG 0.6 APG 49.7 FG%
Top Scorers
S. Merrill G 22 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
C. Bragg F 18 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
49.1 FG% 39.7
50.0 3PT FG% 33.3
45.5 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Merrill 22 4 3 10/23 2/7 0/1 3 38 2 0 2 2 2
B. Miller 16 1 2 5/6 4/5 2/2 1 35 0 0 1 1 0
Q. Taylor 8 3 2 3/5 0/0 2/4 4 30 0 0 1 1 2
N. Queta 8 12 2 4/9 0/0 0/0 4 29 0 3 6 1 11
A. Porter 6 6 4 2/5 2/3 0/2 3 32 2 0 1 0 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Merrill 22 4 3 10/23 2/7 0/1 3 38 2 0 2 2 2
B. Miller 16 1 2 5/6 4/5 2/2 1 35 0 0 1 1 0
Q. Taylor 8 3 2 3/5 0/0 2/4 4 30 0 0 1 1 2
N. Queta 8 12 2 4/9 0/0 0/0 4 29 0 3 6 1 11
A. Porter 6 6 4 2/5 2/3 0/2 3 32 2 0 1 0 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Brito 3 3 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 0 22 0 0 1 1 2
D. Brown Jr. 3 0 2 1/2 0/1 1/2 2 8 0 0 0 0 0
J. Bean 2 3 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 1 1 2
K. Stall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Ainge - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Grootfaam - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Knight III - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Knight - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Fakira - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 68 32 16 27/55 9/18 5/11 17 200 4 3 13 7 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Bragg 18 6 0 6/13 0/0 6/7 0 28 0 2 2 2 4
M. Maluach 12 3 3 4/12 2/6 2/2 4 33 0 0 1 0 3
K. McGee 4 1 2 1/6 1/3 1/2 2 20 3 0 3 0 1
V. Pinchuk 0 3 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 14 0 1 1 2 1
T. Percy 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 10 0 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Bragg 18 6 0 6/13 0/0 6/7 0 28 0 2 2 2 4
M. Maluach 12 3 3 4/12 2/6 2/2 4 33 0 0 1 0 3
K. McGee 4 1 2 1/6 1/3 1/2 2 20 3 0 3 0 1
V. Pinchuk 0 3 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 14 0 1 1 2 1
T. Percy 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 10 0 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Mathis 16 2 0 6/11 4/8 0/0 1 34 0 0 3 0 2
V. Jackson 13 7 1 5/11 1/5 2/2 3 33 0 2 1 1 6
C. Manigault 2 1 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
D. Kuiper 1 4 3 0/4 0/2 1/2 1 25 0 0 0 0 4
J. Lyle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Arroyo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Drinnon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Patterson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 66 27 11 23/58 8/24 12/15 15 200 3 5 11 6 21