Boise State Falls in Quarterfinals
March 8, 2018

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - No. 2 seed Boise State (24-7) couldn't make enough plays down the stretch as No. 7 seed Utah State (17-16) picked up the 78-75 win Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Championships.

Lexus Williams scored a career-high 24 points to lead the way for the Broncos. Chandler Hutchison (14 points), Justinian Jessup (11 points) and Chris Sengfelder (11 points) were also double-digit scorers for the Broncos.

Sam Merrill scored 28 points, shooting 7 of 10 from 3-point range, to lead Utah State.

Utah State will advance to Friday's semifinal game and play the winner of New Mexico and Wyoming.

The Aggies' 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.

Boise State raced to a 16-7 lead to start the game with Chris Sengfelder burying a pair of 3-pointers and Justinian Jessup and Lexus Williams each adding a three. Alex Hobbs later made a pair of free throws, a layup and a 3 and the Broncos led 36-20.

Utah State climbed back in it with a 12-4 run in the last three minutes to end the half, and after the break went on 9-0 run - Merill scored seven points - and the Aggies were within 51-50. McEwen's jumper with 11:12 left gave their Aggies their first lead at 55-54. Williams followed with a jumper, and Diogo Brito made a 3 to put Utah State back up.

The Broncos will now await their postseason fate.

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