North Carolina gets No. 1 in Midwest, Kansas could await
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — North Carolina was rewarded for navigating one of the nation's toughest schedules, earning the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region after tying Virginia for the regular-season...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sam Merrill grew up a Utah State Aggies fan. Eight years ago, Merrill attended the last Aggie conference tournament championship against Boise State a few miles away at the...
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sam Merrill had 22 points as Utah State easily beat Fresno State 85-60 in the Mountain West Conference Tournament semifinals on Friday night. Diogo Brito added 20 points for the...
Fresno State, Utah State meet in MWC semis
Fresno State (23-8, 14-5) vs. Utah State (26-6, 16-3)
Mountain West Conference Tournament Semifinals, Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas; Friday, 10:30 p.m. EDT
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Sam Merrill had 23 points as Utah State beat New Mexico 91-83 in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament on Thursday night.
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Sam Merrill had a career-high 38 points as Utah State stretched its winning streak to seven games, narrowly beating Colorado State 100-96 in overtime on Tuesday...
Utah State looks to extend streak vs CSU
Utah State (24-6, 14-3) vs. Colorado State (12-17, 7-9)
Moby Arena, Fort Collins, Colorado; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Utah State looks for its seventh straight conference win...
Correction: BKC-T25-Nevada-Utah St story
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — In a story March 3 about Utah State beating No. 12 Nevada 81-76, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Nevada coach Eric Musselman went on an expletive-laced tirade...
No. 12 Nevada looks to extend streak vs Utah State
No. 12 Nevada (26-2, 13-2) vs. Utah State (23-6, 13-3)
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, Logan, Utah; Saturday, 8:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: No. 12 Nevada looks for its sixth straight win in the...
Taylor leads Utah St. past San Diego St. 70-54
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Quinn Taylor recorded 13 points and 11 rebounds to lift Utah State to a 70-54 win over San Diego State on Tuesday night.
San Diego St., Utah State put streaks on line
San Diego State (18-9, 10-4) vs. Utah State (22-6, 12-3)
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, Logan, Utah; Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: San Diego State looks for its sixth straight...
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,...
Boise State looks for home win vs Utah State
Utah State (21-6, 11-3) vs. Boise State (11-15, 6-7)
Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Boise State looks for its fourth straight win over Utah State at...
Queta scores 23 to carry Utah St. over New Mexico 71-55
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Neemias Queta had 23 points and 10 rebounds as Utah State topped New Mexico 71-55 on Wednesday night.
Queta made 10 of 12 shots. He added four assists and three...
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.
Queta, Merrill lead Utah State past Wyoming 76-59
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Neemias Queta scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Utah State pulled away in the second half to down Wyoming 76-59 on Wednesday night.
Sam Merrill had 19 points to lead the Aggies (19-6, 9-3 Mountain West Conference), who had won seven-straight before a 68-63 loss to San Diego State last Saturday. Quinn Taylor added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Abel Porter had 11 points.
Watson, McDaniels lead SDSU over Utah State 68-63
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Four days after a miserable loss at New Mexico, streaky San Diego State beat Utah State in a performance that could help the Aztecs in March.
Devin Watson scored 23 points and Jalen McDaniels had 16 for San Diego State, which blew a 13-point lead before beating the Aggies 68-63 Saturday night to open the second half of Mountain West play.
Utah State edges Fresno State in battle for 2nd in MWC
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Sam Merrill scored 20 points and freshman Neemias Queta had 18 points and 15 rebounds to help Utah State hold off Fresno State 82-81 on Tuesday night in a battle for second place in the Mountain West Conference.
Utah State rolls past UNLV with big first half
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Sam Merrill had 20 points and five assists, Utah State built a 20-point halftime lead, and the Aggies defeated UNLV 82-65 on Saturday.
The Aggies outscored the Runnin' Rebels 27-10 over the final 10 minutes of the first half to lead 48-28. Utah State shot 55 percent in the period and UNLV hit only 31 percent. The lead reached 29 with about eight minutes remaining in regulation and the Aggies led 82-56 at 2:51 before going scoreless the rest of the way.
Utah St. keeps San Jose St. winless in Mountain West, 103-73
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Sam Merrill poured in 29 points and Utah State handed San Jose State its seventh-straight Mountain West Conference loss, 103-73 on Wednesday night.
Utah State now has won 23 of the last 24 games with San Jose State and have beaten the Spartans 27 straight times in Logan. The Spartans now have lost 11 straight, including a double overtime loss at Air Force on a last-second shot Saturday.
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.
Miller, Queta carry Utah St. over Colorado St. 87-72
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Brock Miller and Neemias Queta scored 18 points apiece as Utah State topped Colorado State 87-72 on Saturday night.
Miller shot 6 for 9 from behind the arc while Queta added 11 rebounds and three blocks. Sam Merrill had 16 points and eight assists and Diogo Brito scored 12 points for Utah State (14-5, 4-2 Mountain West Conference).
J.D. Paige had 17 points, Hyron Edwards scored 14 and Nico Carvacho had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Rams (7-11, 2-3).
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.
Huggins hits 3 in final seconds, Fresno State wins 78-77
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Braxton Huggins poured in a career-high 33 points, and with five seconds left nailed a straightaway 3-pointer after shaking a defender and Fresno State pulled out a 78-77 win over Utah State on Wednesday night.
Fresno State (12-3, 3-0 Mountain West) had trailed the entire game until Huggins launched his winning 3 . He broke right, then cut left to get defender Sam Merrill on the wrong foot.
Utah State beats Air Force 79-62
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Sam Merrill and Neemias Queta had double-doubles on Saturday night and Utah State never trailed in beating Air Force 79-62.
Merrill had 18 points and 12 assists, Queta had 13 points and 10 rebounds, Quinn Taylor added 16 points and Brock Miller scored 15 for the Aggies (11-4, 1-1 Mountain West Conference).
Merrill leads Utah State past NAIA Eastern Oregon, 84-57
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Sam Merrill scored 28 points and Utah State closed out its nonconference schedule by walloping NAIA-member Eastern Oregon, 84-57 on Friday night.
The Aggies (10-3) open Mountain West Conference play Wednesday at Nevada.
Utah State built a 19-point advantage in the first half, taking a 45-26 lead at the break.
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 snaps 2-game skid against Weber State, wins 76-67
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Sam Merrill scored 19 points and Utah State held off Weber State's late run for a 76-67 victory on Saturday.
Utah State (8-2) snapped a two-game skid against in-state rival Weber State (5-4).
Merrill made three 3-pointers. Neemias Queta added 15 points and Tauriawn Knight had 10 for the Aggies.
Cody John had 16 points to lead Weber State. Caleb Nero added 15 points, Zach Braxton had 14 and Brekkott Chapman 11.
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.
Merrill scores 20, leads Utah State past Northern Iowa 71-52
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Sam Merrill scored 20 points as host Utah State beat Northern Iowa 71-52 on Wednesday night in the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Conference Challenge.
The Aggies (6-1) snapped a two-game losing skid and are now 2-2 in their annual contest.
Merrill, a junior guard who led all scorers with 50 points in two games during the MGM Main Event in Las Vegas, made 7 of 14 field goals and all four of his free-throw attempts.
Taylor’s double-double helps Utah St. beat Utah Valley 65-46
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Quinn Taylor had 10 points and 15 rebounds to help Utah State cruise past Utah Valley 65-46 on Friday night to remain undefeated.
Sam Merrill added 14 points and five assists for Utah State (4-0), which shot just 25 of 69 (36 percent) and missed 18 3-pointers, but outrebounded Utah Valley 50-37.
TJ Washington scored 14 points and Conner Toolson had 11 to lead Utah Valley (1-3). The duo made 10 of the Wolverines' 17 field goals.
Utah State cruises past Mississippi Valley State, 94-59
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Brock Miller hit six 3-pointers and put up 26 points as Utah State boosted its record to 3-0 with a 94-59 win over Mississippi Valley State Tuesday night.
The Aggies scored 100 points or more in the first two games of the three-game home stand to start the season, the first time in program history. Against the Delta Devils, they shot 29 of 50 from outside (58 percent), including 11 of 21 from distance (52.4 percent).
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) — Troy Simons scored 17 points, Joe Furstinger and Sam Logwood added 16 apiece and New Mexico beat Utah State 83-68 on Friday night in the Mountain West Conference Tournament.
The third-seeded Lobos will play No. 5 seed San Diego State in the championship game on Sunday. New Mexico (19-14), which has won seven in a row, beat the Aztecs 79-75 in the only regular-season matchup between the teams this season.
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.
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Koby McEwen scored 18 points and Sam Merrill scored 15 and Utah State defeated UNLV 79-67 on Saturday night to secure the seventh seed in next week's Mountain West Conference Tournament.
With the win, Utah State (15-16, 8-10) finished ahead of No. 8-seed UNLV (19-12, 8-10) which now has dropped five straight. The Aggies face No. 10 seed Colorado State in Las Vegas on Wednesday, and the Rebels will take on ninth-seeded Air Force.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Jaycee Hillsman scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds and San Jose State picked up its first conference win, edging Utah State 64-62 on Wednesday night, snapping a 16-game losing streak.
Ryan Welage added 16 points and six rebounds for the Spartans (4-24, 1-16 Mountain West Conference), who close out their season at Air Force on Saturday. Oumar Barry had nine points and six rebounds and Keith Fisher III had eight points and led the team with nine rebounds.
New Mexico beats Utah State 78-63
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Anthony Mathis equaled a career-high with 25 points, including a career-best seven 3-pointers, helping New Mexico to a 78-63 win Wednesday night over Utah State.
The Aggies (14-13, 7-7 Mountain West) got a career game out of Sam Merrill, who finished with 33 points and seven 3-pointers.
"It's a shame to spoil an offensive night like Sam Merrill had," Utah State coach Tim Duryea said. "He was phenomenal shooting the basketball."
New Mexico beats Utah State 78-63
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Anthony Mathis tied his career-high 25 points, including a career-best seven 3-pointers, helping New Mexico to a 78-63 win Wednesday over Utah State.
The Aggies (14-13, 7-7 Mountain West) got a career game out of Sam Merrill, who finished with 33 points and seven 3-pointers.
But the Lobos (13-14, 8-6) had a lot more help as Makuach Maluach had 16 points and Chris McNeal and Sam Logwood added 10 apiece.
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.
Utah St downs Air Force 71-49 behind Merrill, McEwen
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Sam Merrill scored 21 points with five 3-pointers, Koby McEwen added 20 points, and Utah State opened the second half with a big run to beat Air Force 71-49 on Wednesday night, ending a four-game skid.
Merrill scored eight points in a 15-4 run and the Aggies pulled ahead 44-29, then led by 20 on Diogo Brito's layup with 7:10 to play. Merrill's fifth 3 made it 62-41 with 5:21 left and the Aggies rolled.
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.
Nixon with 26 points, Colorado State beats Utah State 84-75
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Prentiss Nixon scored 26 points and Colorado State halted a two-game skid, beating Utah State 84-75 on Wednesday night.
A contentious first half gave way late as Logan Ryan and Lorenzo Jenkins drained 3-pointers as part of a 15-6 run that took the Rams (9-9, 2-3 Mountain West Conference) from a one-point lead to a 41-31 advantage at intermission.
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).