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WAC Men's Basketball Postseason Schedule

Wednesday, March 14
NIT First Round - Nevada 68, Oral Roberts 59 (ESPN3)
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CIT First Round - Idaho 86, UC Santa Barbara 83
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CIT First Round - Utah State 75, CSU Bakersfield 69
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Thursday, March 15
NCAA First Round - No. 4 Indiana 79, No. 13 New Mexico State 66
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Saturday, March 17
CIT Second Round - Utah State 76, Idaho 56
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Sunday, March 18
NIT Second Round - Nevada 75, Bucknell 67 (ESPNU)
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Wednesday, March 21
CIT Quarterfinals - Utah State 77, Loyola Marymount 69
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NIT Quarterfinals - Stanford 84, Nevada 56 (ESPN2/ESPN3)
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Sunday, March 25
CIT Semifinals - Utah State 105, Oakland 81
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Wednesday, March 28
CIT Championship - Mercer 70, Utah State 67 (Fox College Sports)
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WAC Women's Basketball Postseason Schedule

Thursday, March 15
WNIT First Round - at Utah 69, Utah State 58
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Sunday, March 18
NCAA First Round - No. 5 Georgetown 61, No. 12 Fresno State  56
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Men's Recaps

Mercer 70, Utah State 67

LOGAN, Utah - (USU Media Relations) After an 8-0 run gave Utah State its first lead of the second half, Mercer stopped the Aggies' rally to regain the lead, and held on for a wild, 70-67, win Wednesday night in the Men's Basketball Postseason Tournament Championship game at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in a nationally televised thriller on Fox College Sports.

The Bears hit 7-of-8 free throws in the game's final 23 seconds and USU senior guard Brockeith Pane's game-tying three-point attempt came up just short at the buzzer to end the Aggies' historic postseason run. Utah State had won a school-record four postseason games to reach Wednesday's title game, but Mercer made history of its own with its fifth-straight win to improve to 27-11 overall. USU ends with a 21-16 mark, as the Aggies remain one of five schools with 13-consecutive 21-win seasons in the country, joined by Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse.

Mercer's Langston Hall was named the CIT MVP, as he netted 16 points to go with six rebounds and four assists Wednesday night. He was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Justin Cecil and Travis Smith, as Smith netted a game-high 17 points, including hitting a jumper and a deep three-pointer in the final minute and a half, while Cecil tallied six points and six rebounds.

Three Aggies earned all-tournament honors, as Pane scored 10 points and dished out five assists, and was joined by fellow senior, forward Morgan Grim, who had nine points and six rebounds, as Pane and Grim were playing their final games in a USU uniform and are the Aggies' only two seniors. Sophomore guard Preston Medlin joined the senior duo in all-tournament award collecting, tallying 14 points and five rebounds, hitting two three-pointers.

Utah State 105, Oakland 81
LOGAN, Utah - (USU Media Relations) Scoring the most points since 1997 and breaking the century mark for the first time since 2011 boosted Utah State men's basketball to a 105-81 rout of Oakland Sunday afternoon in the Postseason Tournament semifinals at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

The Aggies will host Mercer in the championship game on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. (MT), in a nationally televised game on Fox College Sports (Comcast 263 and DirectTV 623, check local listings for Dish Network).

USU's 105 points was not only the most scored this season, but the most since netting 100 against Montana Western last year, and the most scored since 111 against Southern Oregon in 1997. Utah State also scored a season-high 60 points in the first half, for its most points in any half this season and matching the most in school history according to available records, last scoring 60 against Houston Baptist in the second half in the 2008 game. The Aggies also set season-bests for field goals made (37), three-point percentage (75.0 percent) and assists (26).

Utah State 77, Loyola Marymount 69

LOGAN, Utah -(USU Media Relations) Utah State men's basketball opened a 16-point lead midway through the second half and held off a late Loyola Marymount rally as the Aggies tamed the Lions, 77-69, in the quarterfinals of the Postseason Tournament Wednesday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

With the win, USU advances to the semifinals and will host Oakland (Mich.) on Sunday, March 25 at 4 p.m. at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Utah State is making its 13th postseason appearance in a row, extending its current school record. The victory was USU's third-straight postseason win, setting a new school record by topping the previous mark of two postseason wins during the 1970 season when USU advanced to the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament. Utah State is now 11-31 all-time in postseason play.

Stanford 84, Nevada 56
STANFORD, Calif. -(Nevada Media Relations) The Nevada men's basketball season came to an end Wednesday night as the Wolf Pack fell to Stanford in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament by a score of 84-56 at the Maples Pavilion.

Nevada, the fifth-seed in its bracket, finished the season 28-7, one victory shy of tying a school record for most wins in a season. Stanford, the No. 3 seed, improved to 24-11 and advanced to the semifinals in New York City.

"These guys exceeded my expectations," Nevada coach David Carter said. "There were a lot of positives. I'm proud of these guys. But the work starts next week to get better for next year."

Nevada 75, Bucknell 67
RENO, Nev.
(AP) - Olek Czyz scored 24 points, Malik Story had 18, and Nevada beat Bucknell 75-67 in the second round of the NIT on Sunday.

Nevada (28-6) went on a 10-1 run to lead 42-29 at halftime. The Wolf Pack take on the winner of the Stanford-Illinois State game.

Bucknell (25-10) cut the deficit to three points with 44.6 seconds left after Mike Muscala's two free throws, but the Bison couldn't get any closer.

Muscala led Bucknell with 25 points while Cameron Ayers scored 21.

Utah State 76, Idaho 56
LOGAN, Utah –
(USU Media Relations) Senior point guard Brockeith Pane dished out a career-high 11 assists and sophomore shooting guard Preston Medlin scored 17 points in leading Utah State to a convincing 76-56 home win against Idaho here Saturday night in the second round of the Postseason Tournament (CIT).
With the win, Utah State advances to the quarterfinals of the CIT and will play on Wednesday, March 21 against the winner of the Weber State vs. Loyola Marymount game which is being played on Sunday, March 18. The site of the USU’s next game is yet to be determined.
Overall, Utah State has now won five of its last six games and moves four games over .500 for the first time this year with its 19-15 record. Idaho ends its season with a 19-14 ledger.

Indiana 79, New Mexico State 66

The New Mexico State men's basketball team's championship season ended with a 79-66 loss to No. 17 Indiana in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Redshirt senior forward Wendell McKines guided the Aggies (26-10) with 15 points and seven rebounds. Junior forward Bandja Sy added 12 points off the bench on 2-of-3 shooting from the 3-point line. Freshman guard Daniel Mullings supplied 10 points.

NM State shot 55.1 percent from the field in the game (27-of-49) and out-rebounded the Hoosiers, 23-21, but 17 turnovers hampered the effort.

Nevada 68, Oral Roberts 59
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Dario Hunt had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks to lead Nevada past Oral Roberts 68-59 on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.

Deonte Burton added 17 points as the Wolf Pack (27-6) advanced to a second-round matchup against Bucknell, which beat Arizona 65-54.

Hunt was 9 of 16 from the field and also had four assists.

Idaho 83, Santa Barbara 83
MOSCOW, Idaho –(UI Media Relations) University of Idaho men’s basketball raced out to a double-digit lead early, then fended off a furious rally by UC Santa Barbara in an 86-83 win in the opening round of the Postseason Tournament on Wednesday at the Cowan Spectrum.

Idaho (19-13) advances to the second round of the tournament for the second time in three appearances, and the Vandals will face a familiar opponent in Western Athletic Conference rival Utah State (18-15), which beat CSU Bakersfield on Wednesday.

The Vandals led by as many as 17 points in the first half at 35-18 with 4:42 to play in the period and took a 13-point advantage, 43-30, into the break. UCSB roared back in the second, shot 61.8 percent in the period and outscored Idaho, 53-43, but the Vandals got the key plays they needed down the stretch.

Utah State 75, CSU Bakersfield 69
LOGAN, Utah -(USU Media Relations) Four players in double-digits paced Utah State men's basketball to a 75-69 win over CSU Bakersfield Wednesday night at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in the opening round of the Postseason Tournament.

The Aggies improved to 18-15 on the year and continued their 13th-straight postseason appearance and 30th overall appearance by moving on to the second round, where they will host a game Saturday night at 7 p.m. against an opponent to be announced later. Wednesday's victory snapped USU's 11-game postseason losing streak after dropping four NIT home games and seven straight NCAA Tournament games.

Women's Recaps

Georgetown 61, Fresno State 56
After trailing by as many as 17, Fresno State cut it to three with 34 seconds left, but that was as close as the Bulldogs would get in a 61-56 loss to Georgetown in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday. Ki-Ki Moore led Fresno State with 22 points and eight rebounds. Rosie Moult added 12 points and 10 boards for her third double-double of the season.


Utah 69, Utah State 58
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Utah State women's basketball saw its historic season come to an end in the first round of the WNIT with a 69-58 loss to Utah Thursday at the Huntsman Center in Salt Lake City.

With the loss, the Aggies end the season 21-10. This is the first time ever that USU has reached the 20-win plateu. This is the second-straight season that USU has reached postseason, advancing to the second round of the WNIT last season.

Junior guard Pualei Furtado made her first start in the blue and white uniform. She ended the game with eight points, three rebounds, two steals and two assists. The Aggies were led by 14 points from senior forward Ashlee Brown who ended her USU career with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists. Fellow senior Brooke Jackson closed out her Aggie career with nine points and eight rebounds.


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