Merrill with 16 points, Utah State buries Alabama St. 86-48
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Sam Merrill scored 16 points with five rebounds and five assists, leading five players in double-figure scoring, as Utah State buried Alabama State 86-48 on Saturday night.
Merrill was 5 of 9 from the field for the Aggies (9-2). Neemias Queta added 15 points and seven rebounds, Dwayne Brown Jr. had 14 points and seven rebounds, Crew Ainge had 11 points and six rebounds and Diogo Brito chipped in 10 points.
Utah State beats UC Irvine 89-65
IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Quinn Taylor scored 21, Neemias Queta had his first career double-double and Utah State never trailed in an 89-65 win over UC Irvine on Saturday night.
Queta had 11 points and a career-high 19 rebounds. As late as the 7:22 mark in the second half, Queta had more rebounds than the entire UC Irvine team and the Aggies (7-1) finished with a 41-27 edge on the glass.
Utah State tops Hartford 100-73 behind Brown’s 24 points
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Dwayne Brown Jr. tied his career high with 24 points and Utah State scored its second straight 100-point game Friday night with a 100-73 win over Hartford.
Sam Merrill and Tauriawn Knight scored 14 points apiece and Quinn Taylor added 12 for the Aggies, who beat Montana State 101-71 in their season opener on Tuesday.
Merrill drops 37 PTs and Utah St. dumps Montana St. by 30
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Sam Merrill scored a career-high 37 points and Utah State smothered Montana State 101-71 in the season opener for both teams Tuesday night.
In the coaching debut of Utah State's Craig Smith, Merrill had the ninth-highest scoring total by a visiting player in the history of Worthington Arena. The Aggies missed just three of 26 free throw attempts in the contest.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sam Merrill scored 28 points, shooting 7 of 10 from 3-point range, and seventh-seeded Utah State came back to beat No. 2 seed Boise State 78-75 in a Mountain West Basketball Conference Tournament quarterfinal on Thursday night.
The Aggies (17-16) advance to a Friday semifinal game.
Koby McEwen tied it at 73 with 1:41 left and Dwayne Brown Jr.'s free throw almost a minute later gave Utah State the lead for good. Chandler Hutchison missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Koby McEwen scored 14 of his 25 points in the second half when Sam Merrill had all 11 of his points and seventh-seeded Utah State pulled away for a 76-65 win over 10th-seeded Utah State in a first-round game of the Mountain West Conference Tournament on Wednesday.
Dwayne Brown Jr., added 15 points and Julion Pearre 14 for the Aggies (16-16), who face second-seeded Boise State in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
Air Force rallies to beat Utah State 75-65
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — Lavelle Scottie had 18 points, Sid Tomes and Trevor Lyons added 14 each, and Air Force beat Utah State 75-65 on Saturday.
Air Force pulled away in the final 3½ minutes with a 7-0 run that made it 69-61 and then hit all four of its free throws plus Scottie's layup to end a three-game skid.
The Falcons (11-16, 5-10 Mountain West) trailed by as many as 15 in the first half and went into the break with a 45-32 deficit.
Utah State holds off Boise State, wins 71-65
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Koby McEwen scored 23 points to lead Utah State to a 71-65 victory over Boise State on Saturday night.
Utah State (14-12, 7-6 Mountain West Conference) has won four of its last five games. Boise State (20-5, 10-3) had a five-game win streak snapped, and is now a half-game back of conference leader Nevada (10-2), which beat San Diego State by 25 points Saturday night. The Broncos host No. 23 Nevada on Wednesday.
Utah State downs New Mexico 89-80 on McEwen’s career night
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Koby McEwen set career highs with 31 points and 13 rebounds, Sam Merrill added 18 points, and Utah State held off New Mexico 89-80 on Wednesday night to win its third straight.
Dwayne Brown Jr. and Quinn Taylor scored 15 points apiece and the Aggies (13-11, 6-5 Mountain West Conference) shot 56.4 percent from the floor. McEwen had a career-high six of Utah State's 13 3-pointers.
Henson hits 3 with 0.2 left; Utah St. beats Fresno St. 65-62
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Redshirt freshman Daron Henson scored a season-high 18 points, including an NBA-range 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds to play, and Utah State beat Fresno State 65-62 on Saturday night.
Henson finished 6-of-7 shooting, all from 3-point range. Dwayne Brown Jr. had 13 points and Sam Merrill scored 11 for Utah State (12-11, 5-5 Mountain West). Koby McEwen added nine points, six rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
Wyoming holds off Utah State in 85-77 win
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Alan Herndon scored 21 points, Hayden Dalton added 20 more and Wyoming held off a Utah State rally Saturday night for an 85-77 win.
Wyoming (12-7, 3-3 Mountain West Conference) led by as much as 22 points in the first half but Utah State steadily chipped away at the deficit after the break, getting a pair of free throws from Koby McEwen to go on top 62-61 and then 64-63 off 2 for 2 from the line by Dwayne Brown Jr. with 5:50 to play.
Boise State holds off Utah State 71-67 behind Hutchison
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Chandler Hutchison scored 16 points and the go-ahead layup with 1:21 to play, and Boise State beat Utah State 71-67 on Wednesday night to win its third straight.
The Aggies led 43-40 after 11-0 run capped by Quinn Taylor's layup and pulled ahead by as many as nine points. But, after three lead changes and three ties, Chandler hit his go-ahead layup for a 67-65 lead.
Stephens scores 19 to help Nevada blast Utah State 83-57
RENO, Nevada (AP) — Kendall Stephens scored 19 points with five 3-pointers and Jordan Caroline added 16 points as Nevada throttled Utah State 83-57 on Saturday night for its fifth straight win.
Alex Dargenton's layup 29 seconds into the game was the Aggies' only lead of the game. Nevada went on a 13-0 run and was in control the rest of the way. Caleb Martin had a jumper and a 3-pointer and Cody Martin added a jumper and two free throws in less than three minutes.
Utah State closes on 9-0 run to get past UNLV 85-78
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Koby McEwen scored 21 points, Sam Merrill added 20 and Utah State closed on a 9-0 run and beat UNLV 85-78 on Saturday night.
Jordan Johnson scored four points during an 8-2 spurt to give UNLV a 78-76 lead with two minutes left. Merrill made a 3-pointer, McEwen hit a 3 and made two free throws, and Dwayne Brown Jr. split a pair from the line to seal it for Utah State (10-7, 3-1 Mountain West).
Utah State tops San Jose State for 21st straight time, 86-72
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Koby McEwen scored 24 points and Utah State opened its Mountain West Conference season by beating San Jose State for the 21st straight time, topping the Spartans 86-72 on Wednesday night.
The Aggies are 33-4 all-time against San Jose State at home and have beaten the Spartans 25 straight times in Logan. Overall, they've beaten the Spartans in 27 of the last 28 meetings.
Utah State left little doubt how this one was going to turn out, racing to a 44-28 lead by intermission.
Utah State uses big 2nd half to rout NAIA Life Pacific 96-62
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Dwayne Brown Jr. and Koby McEwen combined to score 44 points as Utah State romped past Life Pacific, posting 96-62 victory over the NAIA school from San Dimas, California on Saturday night.
It was the first meeting between the schools. Utah State has never lost to a non-Division I opponent and now is 25-0 against NAIA schools.