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Posted on: Friday, March 12, 2010

No. 1 seed Utah St. runs past Boise St.


Associated Press

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Utah State's Jared Quayle, left, spins past Boise State's La'Shard Anderson in the Western Athletic Conference tournament in Reno, Nev.

RICH PEDRONCELLI | Associated Press

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RENO, Nev. Tai Wesley, Brian Green and Pooh Williams each scored 18 points to lead Utah State to its 16th straight victory, 84-60 over Boise State in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament yesterday.

Jared Quayle added 13 points and 13 rebounds and Wesley also notched a double-double with 10 rebounds for the top-seeded Aggies (26-6), who will play Louisiana Tech in today's semifinals.

"Both those guys are first-team all-league players, and they played like it tonight," Utah State coach Stew Morrill said of Quayle and Wesley.

Daequon Montreal had 16 points and Robert Arnold 14 points and eight rebounds for the Broncos (15-17), who shot 38 percent from the field compared to Utah State's 53 percent.

"It was a good game for the first five minutes of the second half," Boise State coach Greg Graham said. "They're good team. I hope they win and get that chance to go on."

Other WAC quarterfinals:

LOUISIANA TECH 74, FRESNO STATE 66

Jamel Guyton had 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead fourth-seeded Louisiana Tech (23-9) over fifth-seeded Fresno State (15-18). Paul George had 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead Fresno State.

NEVADA 87, IDAHO 71

Luke Babbitt scored 21 points to lead four teammates in double figures and the second-seeded Wolf Pack (20-11) hit seven 3-pointers in the first half en route to an 47-34 lead in cruising past the seventh-seeded Vandals (15-16).

NEW MEXICO STATE 90, SAN JOSE STATE 69

Jonathan Gibson scored 22 points, Jahmar Young had 16 and the third-seeded Aggies (20-11) used a 12-2 second-half run to roll past the sixth-seeded Spartans (14-17).

BIG EAST

NO. 22 GEORGETOWN 91, NO. 3 SYRACUSE 84

Chris Wright scored 27 points and Vee Sanford put the eighth-seeded Hoyas (22-9) ahead for good, 60-59, with 10:35 to play to upset the top-seeded Orange (28-4) in the Big East quarterfinals in New York.

NO. 7 WEST VIRGINIA 54, CINCINNATI 51

Da'Sean Butler took an inbounds pass and banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer to lift the third-seeded Mountaineers (25-6) over the sixth-seeded Bearcats (18-15).

NOTRE DAME 50, NO. 16 PITTSBURGH 45

Luke Harangody scored 16 points, including three free throws in the final two minutes, helping the seventh-seeded Irish (23-10) hold off the second-seeded Panthers (24-8).

MARQUETTE 80, NO. 10 VILLANOVA 76

Lazar Hayward's 3-pointer with 1:51 to play gave the fifth-seeded Golden Eagles (22-10) the lead for good in their victory over the fourth-seeded Wildcats (24-7).

BIG 12

NO. 1 KANSAS 80, TEXAS TECH 68

Cole Aldrich had 12 points and 18 rebounds, and the No. 1 ranked and top-seeded Jayhawks (30-2) become the third team to reach 2,000 wins by holding off the ninth-seeded Red Raiders (17-15) in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament at Kansas City, Mo.

NO. 9 KANSAS STATE 83, OKLAHOMA STATE 64

Jamar Samuels had 27 points and 10 rebounds as the second-seeded Wildcats (25-6) opened up a 23-8 lead in rolling past the seventh-seeded Cowboys (22-10).

NO. 21 BAYLOR 86, TEXAS 67

LaceDarius Dunn, benched with three quick fouls in the first half, scored 17 of his 19 points after intermission as the third-seeded Bears (25-6) defeated the sixth-seeded Longhorns (24-9)

NO. 23 TEXAS A&M 70, NEBRASKA 64

Donald Sloan scored 23 points to help the fourth-seeded Aggies (23-8) stave off the 12th-seeded Cornhuskers (15-18) to earn a semifinal game against No. 1 Kansas.

CONFERENCE USA

NO. 25 UTEP 76, UCF 54

Jeremy Williams scored 17 points, Randy Culpepper added 10 and the top-seeded Miners (25-5) routed the ninth-seeded Golden Knights (15-17) to advance to the semifinals of the Conference USA tournament Tulsa, Okla.

HOUSTON 66, MEMPHIS 65

Aubrey Coleman scored 21 points, including a leaner in the lane with 5 seconds left, lifting the seventh-seeded Cougars (17-15) over the four-time defending C-USA tournament champion and second-seeded Tigers (23-9).

SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI 58, UAB 44

Angelo Johnson scored 17 points and the sixth-seeded Golden Eagles (20-12) opened a 16-2 lead and never looked back in beating the third-seeded the Blazers (23-8).

TULSA 80, MARSHALL 64

Jerome Jordan had 21 points and 12 rebounds and the fifth-seeded Golden Hurricane (23-10) closed with a 27-7 run to beat the fourth-seeded Thundering Herd (23-9).

MOUNTAIN WEST

NO. 8 NEW MEXICO 75, AIR FORCE 69

Darrington Hobson's 28 points helped the top-seeded Lobos (29-3) turn back the ninth-seeded Falcons (10-21) to advance to the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament at Las Vegas.

NO. 14 BYU 95, TCU 85

Jimmer Fredette set a tournament record with 45 points as the second-seeded Cougars (29-4) held off the seventh-seeded Horned Frogs (13-19).

UNLV 73, UTAH 61

Freshman guard Anthony Marshall had 13 points and a season-best 12 rebounds and the third-seeded Runnin' Rebels (24-7) avenged the sixth-seeded Utes' (14-17) regular-season sweep.

SAN DIEGO STATE 72, COLORADO STATE 71

D.J. Gay sank two free throws with 23 seconds left as the fourth-seeded Aztecs (23-8) beat the fifth-seeded Rams (15-16).