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Merrill scores 20 to lift Utah St. past Air Force 76-62

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) Sam Merrill had 20 points as Utah State beat Air Force 76-62 on Saturday.

Neemias Queta had 17 points for Utah State (20-6, 10-3 Mountain West Conference). Diogo Brito added 11 points and 11 rebounds. Abel Porter had 10 points for the visitors.

Lavelle Scottie had 25 points for the Falcons (10-15, 5-8). Ryan Swan added 13 points and nine rebounds. Chris Joyce had seven rebounds.

The Aggies improve to 2-0 against the Falcons on the season. Utah State defeated Air Force 79-62 on Jan. 5. Utah State faces New Mexico at home on Wednesday. Air Force plays Fresno State on the road on Wednesday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Brock Miller 13.0
  Chris Joyce missed 3-pt. jump shot 15.0
  Turnover on Quinn Taylor 19.0
+ 1 Ryan Swan made 2nd of 2 free throws 45.0
+ 1 Ryan Swan made 1st of 2 free throws 45.0
  Personal foul on Diogo Brito 45.0
  Offensive rebound by Ryan Swan 43.0
  Chris Joyce missed jump shot, blocked by Diogo Brito 45.0
+ 2 Abel Porter made layup 54.0
+ 3 A.J. Walker made 3-pt. jump shot 1:21
+ 3 Sam Merrill made 3-pt. jump shot 1:31
Team Stats
Points 76 62
Field Goals 26-56 (46.4%) 21-50 (42.0%)
3-Pointers 11-30 (36.7%) 7-18 (38.9%)
Free Throws 13-16 (81.3%) 13-19 (68.4%)
Total Rebounds 37 30
Offensive 10 4
Defensive 24 21
Team 3 5
Assists 14 6
Steals 4 2
Blocks 4 2
Turnovers 14 14
Fouls 23 18
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 2 REB, 6 AST
25 PTS, 4 REB
12T
away team logo Utah State 20-6 344276
home team logo Air Force 10-15 273562
Team Stats
away team logo Utah State 20-6 78.7 PPG 43.4 RPG 17.1 APG
home team logo Air Force 10-15 68.1 PPG 36.3 RPG 13.6 APG
Key Players
5
S. Merrill G 20.9 PPG 3.9 RPG 4.2 APG 46.1 FG%
12
L. Scottie F 15.3 PPG 5.6 RPG 1.3 APG 48.7 FG%
Top Scorers
S. Merrill G 20 PTS 2 REB 6 AST
L. Scottie F 25 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
46.4 FG% 42.0
36.7 3PT FG% 38.9
81.3 FT% 68.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Merrill 20 2 6 6/14 4/8 4/4 3 38 0 0 4 0 2
N. Queta 17 6 0 6/8 0/0 5/6 3 25 0 1 2 4 2
A. Porter 10 3 5 4/9 1/4 1/2 3 25 0 1 1 0 3
B. Miller 9 1 1 3/13 3/12 0/0 2 32 0 0 1 0 1
Q. Taylor 5 6 0 2/5 0/2 1/2 4 26 0 0 1 3 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Merrill 20 2 6 6/14 4/8 4/4 3 38 0 0 4 0 2
N. Queta 17 6 0 6/8 0/0 5/6 3 25 0 1 2 4 2
A. Porter 10 3 5 4/9 1/4 1/2 3 25 0 1 1 0 3
B. Miller 9 1 1 3/13 3/12 0/0 2 32 0 0 1 0 1
Q. Taylor 5 6 0 2/5 0/2 1/2 4 26 0 0 1 3 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Brito 11 11 2 3/5 3/4 2/2 4 29 4 2 2 3 8
D. Brown Jr. 4 1 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 2 15 0 0 1 0 1
J. Bean 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 0 0 1
T. Knight 0 3 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 5 0 0 2 0 3
K. Stall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Ainge - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Grootfaam - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Knight III - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Fakira - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 76 34 14 26/56 11/30 13/16 23 200 4 4 14 10 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Scottie 25 4 0 10/17 3/6 2/4 2 37 1 1 5 0 4
R. Swan 13 9 1 3/8 1/3 6/8 2 31 1 1 4 4 5
A. Walker 8 1 1 3/8 1/1 1/1 3 28 0 0 1 0 1
C. Morris 6 1 0 2/2 1/1 1/1 4 24 0 0 2 0 1
C. Joyce 5 7 2 2/10 1/5 0/0 0 33 0 0 1 0 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Scottie 25 4 0 10/17 3/6 2/4 2 37 1 1 5 0 4
R. Swan 13 9 1 3/8 1/3 6/8 2 31 1 1 4 4 5
A. Walker 8 1 1 3/8 1/1 1/1 3 28 0 0 1 0 1
C. Morris 6 1 0 2/2 1/1 1/1 4 24 0 0 2 0 1
C. Joyce 5 7 2 2/10 1/5 0/0 0 33 0 0 1 0 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Brown 2 2 0 0/1 0/0 2/2 3 14 0 0 0 0 2
S. Tomes 2 0 2 1/3 0/1 0/0 2 18 0 0 0 0 0
K. Van Soelen 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 1/3 2 10 0 0 0 0 0
P. Louder 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
A. Akaya 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 1 0 1
N. Wells - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Edwards - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Hughes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. O'Briant - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Couper - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Rene - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Monson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Kinrade - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 62 25 6 21/50 7/18 13/19 18 200 2 2 14 4 21