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Merrill, Utah St. hold off Wyoming in MWC tourney semifinals

LAS VEGAS (AP) Sam Merrill had 27 points and seven assists, Neemias Queta scored 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting, and No. 2 seed Utah State never trailed in its 89-82 win over Wyoming on Friday night in the Mountain West Conference tournament semifinals.

Utah State plays top-seeded and fifth-ranked San Diego State - which swept the regular-season series between the teams - on Saturday for an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Utah State led by as many as nine point in the first half and Brock Miller hit a 3-pointer to open the second and give the Aggies a 41-31 lead. No. 11 seed Wyoming answered with an 11-4 run to trim its deficit to three with 14 minutes remaining and Kwane Marble III scored five straight points to make it 66-all about nine minutes later. Merrill scored seven consecutive points during a 13-0 run capped by two free throws by Queta with 1:28 to go and Utah State held on from there.

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Leaders
Points: H. Maldonado15.8
Rebounds: H. Maldonado5.8
Assists: H. Maldonado4.0
FG%: H. Maldonado42.2%
FT%: H. Maldonado70.8%
3P%: J. Hendricks32.7%
Steals: H. Maldonado1.2
Blocks: H. Maldonado0.5
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 Villanova24-7
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas28-3
2 Gonzaga31-2
3 Dayton29-2
4 Baylor26-4
5 Florida State26-5
6 San Diego State30-2
7 Kentucky25-6
8 Duke25-6
9 Creighton24-7
9 Villanova24-7
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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: 62.7 (341)
Rebounds: 4.9 (353)
Assists: 11.3 (306)
FG%: 40.9% (318)
FT%: 72.7% (116)
3P%: 32.1% (250)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 69.9 (193)
Rebounds: 24.6 (243)
Assists: 12.1 (147)
FG%: 43.3% (208)
FT%: 69.4% (119)
3P%: 33.0% (183)
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