Merrill scores 24; Utah State beats Fresno State 71-59 – Cache Valley Daily


FILE – Utah State Aggies guard Sam Merrill (5) looks to rebound during the second half against the Fresno State Bulldogs in the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV, on March 15. The Aggies won against the Bulldogs, 85-60, and will advance to play San Diego State in the Mountain West Championship finals.

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Sam Merrill scored 24 points to lead Utah State to a 71-59 victory over Fresno State on Saturday night.

Justin Bean added 15 points and 11 rebounds for Utah State (21-7, 10-5 Mountain West Conference), which has won seven of its last eight games. Diogo Brito had 10 points.

Noah Blackwell had 13 points for Fresno State (9-17, 5-10), which has lost three of four. Nate Grimes added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Aggies never trailed. Fresno State pulled to 45-44 with 10:47 to play but didn’t get closer.

Utah State plays at Wyoming on Wednesday. Fresno State host Air Force on Wednesday.

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