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Merrill carries load as Utah St. eliminates New Mexico

LAS VEGAS (AP) Sam Merrill scored 29 points on 10-of-15 shooting and Justin Bean had a double-double and Utah State beat New Mexico 75-70 in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference Tournament on Thursday night.

Merrill scored seven straight as he made four free throws and a 3-pointer. The free throws tied the game on both trips to the foul line, and the 3-pointer put Utah State up 68-65 with 2:43 left. Vance Jackson countered with a 3 to tie it. After Dioog Brito and Zane Martin traded baskets, Brito's 3 with 68 seconds to go gave the Aggies the lead for good. The Lobos missed their last three 3 attempts.

Bean scored 10 and grabbed 15 rebounds while Diogo Brito scored 15 for No. 2-seed Utah State (24-8).

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Leaders
Points: C. Manigault12.5
Rebounds: C. Manigault4.5
Assists: Z. Martin3.1
FG%: No qualifiers
FT%: J. Lyle74.6%
3P%: J. Lyle35.6%
Steals: J. Caldwell2.2
Blocks: C. Bragg Jr.1.5
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas28-3
2 Gonzaga31-2
3 Dayton29-2
4 Florida State26-5
5 Baylor26-4
6 San Diego State30-2
7 Creighton24-7
8 Kentucky25-6
9 Michigan State22-9
10 Duke25-6
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas28-3
2 Gonzaga31-2
3 Dayton29-2
4 Florida State26-5
5 Baylor26-4
6 San Diego State30-2
7 Kentucky25-6
8 Villanova24-7
9 Creighton24-7
10 Duke25-6
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Mountain West Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
6 San Diego State 17-1 30-2
Utah State 12-6 26-8
Nevada 12-6 19-12
UNLV 12-6 17-15
Colorado State 11-7 20-12
Boise State 11-7 20-12
New Mexico 7-11 19-14
Fresno State 7-11 11-19
Air Force 5-13 12-20
San Jose State 3-15 7-24
Wyoming 2-16 9-24
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 76.7 (38)
Rebounds: 9.5 (219)
Assists: 15.0 (32)
FG%: 46.6% (39)
FT%: 72.0% (137)
3P%: 32.7% (215)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 75.2 (312)
Rebounds: 25.6 (170)
Assists: 16.3 (345)
FG%: 45.0% (285)
FT%: 69.1% (100)
3P%: 34.6% (279)
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