NCAAB Game Recap - Montana State at Utah State
Tue Nov 5, 2019 10:00 PM EST

MSU
62
KY
69
F
Kansas
66
Duke
68
F
Lou
87
Mia-FL
74
F
NFla
59
Fla
74
F
HolyC
71
MD
95
F
AlSt
64
Gonz
95
F
Army
54
Vill
97
F
Merrim
71
Seton
105
F
E IL
60
TxTch
85
F
SCSt
64
Mem
97
F
Fres
57
Oreg
71
F
CenAR
61
Baylor
105
F
MTSt
73
UtSt
81
F
Jacksn
57
Xav
76
F
StMar
65
Wisc
63
F(OT)
GaSo
74
Aub
83
F
StFPA
58
VACom
72
F
(N/A)
61
MidTN
119
F
ChBap
40
Lamar
86
F
HBU
72
Tuls
80
F
(N/A)
71
How
68
F
Princ
67
Duques
94
F
Cnten
57
NWSt
84
F
(N/A)
46
UMBC
134
F
Samf
86
MorSt
90
F(2OT)
SacHr
60
Prov
106
F
Furm
70
GWebb
63
F
Ersk
63
Woff
86
F
Brad
81
StJos
86
F
LongI
65
URI
76
F
Brown
73
Bry
71
F
(N/A)
55
NoKY
105
F
(N/A)
51
Longw
73
F
W&M
70
HiPt
56
F
(N/A)
77
WriSt
96
F
GrgWas
58
Tows
72
F
UNCA
63
Tenn
78
F
Yale
74
Stony
69
F(OT)
MD-ES
46
PSU
84
F
(N/A)
66
Oakl
94
F
(N/A)
29
UNH
93
F
(N/A)
83
UNCW
103
F
NCAT
50
UNCG
83
F
App
71
Mich
79
F
UMassL
64
UMass
79
F
Monm
66
Leh
62
F
W IL
65
Ind
98
F
(N/A)
27
Harv
84
F
WCU
72
UGA
91
F
Navy
55
GMas
68
F(OT)
(N/A)
81
FlAtl
92
F
Buck
68
Fairf
64
F
(N/A)
52
FaDi
101
F
Chat
68
E KY
79
F
VMI
68
ECU
80
F
Bridg
51
Del
97
F
Bingha
64
Corn
84
F
Rider
91
Copp
84
F
Campbl
75
CoCar
74
F
VaTec
67
Clem
60
F
USC-Up
55
Charl
74
F
(N/A)
62
CenMI
102
F
Hartfo
74
CenCT
59
F
(N/A)
73
BGSU
94
F
NE
72
Boston
67
F
(N/A)
43
Ball
87
F
Malon
64
Akr
81
F
(N/A)
84
Elon
90
F
(N/A)
55
Lipsco
104
F
(N/A)
71
ChaSo
99
F
PaulQ
57
SamH
95
F
Ohio
65
StBon
53
F
Amer
80
Sien
96
F
Thiel
53
YSU
101
F
(N/A)
48
TN-M
106
F
JarCh
62
PVAM
100
F
SprH
58
NOrl
114
F
ArkPB
41
SoFL
70
F
NebOm
54
WichSt
68
F
(N/A)
26
Stetsn
84
F
Toled
77
Valpa
79
F
TexSA
67
Okla
85
F
LoyMD
53
Marq
88
F
MsVl
74
IaSt
110
F
TexPA
57
SDSt
70
F
(N/A)
62
WIMil
72
F
TNTec
64
W Ky
76
F
(N/A)
50
TexAr
84
F
N CO
45
Tex
69
F
AlaAM
66
TNSt
106
F
ArkLR
67
MOSt
66
F
LoyLA
67
ULLa
95
F
FlGlf
67
StLou
89
F
(N/A)
48
SIU
76
F
(N/A)
71
SoMis
90
F
JacSt
65
SMU
74
F
OlDom
53
NrthIA
58
F
(N/A)
40
N TX
79
F
LACol
41
ULMo
64
F
FlInt
69
MisSt
77
F
Clev
50
Minn
85
F
UCDav
48
LoyIL
82
F
NDSt
54
KansSt
67
F
(N/A)
72
IL-C
75
F
Nich
70
Ill
78
F(OT)
Rice
43
Ark
91
F
Penn
81
Alab
80
F
(N/A)
60
ChiSt
103
F
Colum
63
Lafy
65
F
Drex
62
Temp
70
F
(N/A)
59
Norf
100
F
GaTec
82
NCSU
81
F(OT)
(N/A)
45
TxSt
103
F
OakCi
67
APSU
110
F
Alc
54
DeP
72
F
KennSt
55
Crei
81
F
(N/A)
55
UtVal
72
F
IdaSt
40
Wyo
54
F
(N/A)
70
UTEP
93
F
(N/A)
66
S UT
110
F
(N/A)
46
NMSt
92
F
(N/A)
82
GrCan
73
F
Denv
63
ColSt
74
F
CS-Ful
58
BYU
76
F
UCRiv
66
Nebras
47
F
(N/A)
49
UMKC
102
F
(N/A)
25
E WA
107
F
(N/A)
52
SIU-E
61
F
StFNY
59
Ford
68
F
(N/A)
64
Seatt
98
F
(N/A)
62
LoyMa
105
F
(N/A)
52
SCla
97
F
SonSt
50
USF
101
F
TXSo
42
SDSU
77
F
UCIrv
76
USD
73
F
(N/A)
36
Portl
86
F
(N/A)
47
Pacif
69
F
IPFW
71
UNLV
86
F
Everg
82
Ida
88
F
Pepp
71
Cal
87
F
(N/A)
49
Bois
126
F
JackSt
70
CBap
93
F
(N/A)
39
AbCh
90
F
NDdN
51
CSBak
103
F
Utah
79
Nev
74
F
(N/A)
69
PorSt
94
F
FlaAM
48
USC
77
F
CSNor
67
OrSt
87
F

Nov 5, 2019, 10:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Montana State (0-1)

34

39

73

(17) Utah State (1-0)

37

44

81

Merrill scores 28, No. 17 Utah State beats Montana State
Wed Nov 6, 2019 1:46 AM

LOGAN, Utah (AP) Shots weren't falling for Utah State guard Sam Merrill before halftime, so he found another way over the final 20 minutes.

Merrill scored 28 points and went 17-of-18 from the free-throw line to help 17th-ranked Aggies beat Montana State 81-73 Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.

Those 17 free throws tied a school record. Merrill made one more foul shot by himself than the entire Montana State team.

The Aggies went 35 of 45 from the line, while the Bobcats were 16 of 26.

"The first half, I didn't play bad. Offensively, I wasn't really getting what I would have liked," Merrill said. "I wanted to come out and be aggressive in that second half. Fortunately, I was finally able to find some space and make some shots."

Alphonso Anderson and Justin Bean each added 13 points for the Aggies. Utah State overcame 37.7% shooting from the field.

Harald Frey led Montana State with 34 points on 10-of-20 shooting. His sharp aim helped the Bobcats give the Aggies all they could handle for 40 minutes.

"We can go as far as we want to," Frey said. "I've been in the Big Sky Conference for what seems like 10 years now, and I think we have all the pieces necessary to go through March Madness and go to the (NCAA) Tournament."

The Bobcats had 15 turnovers, leading to 14 points for Utah State.

Anderson's steal and layup helped spark a decisive 10-0 run that gave Utah State a 74-66 lead with 1:48 remaining. Anderson capped the spurt with two free throws.

Montana State cut it to three on a three-point play from Finn Fleute, but Brock Miller answered with a corner 3 with 30 seconds left.

Utah State could not find consistency on offense before halftime. The Aggies missed their final eight shots of the first half and went almost seven minutes without a basket.

It opened the door for Montana State to rally.

Frey pulled the Bobcats within one when he made three straight 3-pointers and followed with a three-point play to cut Utah State's lead to 49-48. The Bobcats took a 55-54 lead on Michael Paulo's layup with 10:09 left.

Frey's layup with 5:25 remaining gave Montana State a 66-64 lead before the Aggies answered with their 10-0 run to pull ahead for good.

"Against Utah State you have to make shots," Bobcats coach Danny Sprinkle said. "They really guard the basketball and shrink the floor, obviously at a high level. They're one of the best defensive teams in the country."

OPENING SUCCESS

Utah State won its season opener for the 24th time in 26 seasons. The Aggies also handled their newfound status as an AP Top 25 team well. They improved to 57-18 all-time as a ranked team.

"You just got to embrace it," Utah State coach Craig Smith said. "We've earned this position. You just got to embrace it and be ready to go every day."

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Merrill scored in double figures for the 24th straight game. He also notched his 28th career game with at least 20 points. Merrill has scored 10 or more points in 78 career games, tying Nate Harris for eighth most double-digit scoring games at Utah State.

BIG PICTURE

Montana State: The Bobcats successfully attacked on the perimeter for the better part of 40 minutes to give themselves a chance at pulling an upset. Montana State shot 9 of 19 from the perimeter. Frey accounted for six of those outside baskets.

Utah State: Sophomore center Neemias Queta, who is still rehabbing a knee injury he suffered in July, did not play for the Aggies. Kuba Karwowski filled in and provided one of the game's biggest defensive highlights when he blocked three straight shots over the final three seconds before halftime.

UP NEXT

Montana State hosts Rocky Mountain College, an NAIA school, on Saturday.

Utah State hosts in-state rival Weber State on Friday.

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Leaders

Montana State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
Q. Guliford 0 0 0 0 0 0
Z. Quinlan 0 0 1 1 0 1
Utah State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Karwowski 0 0 1 5 0 4
S. Merrill 28 0 3 5 1 0

Team Comparison

MTSt UtSt
Points For 73 81
Field Goals 24/57-42% 20/53-38%
Three Pointers 9/19-47% 6/18-33%
Free Throws 16/26-62% 35/45-78%
Offensive Rebounds 9 11
Defensive Rebounds 27 30
Rebounds 39 48
Blocks 3 5
Steals 6 8
Turnovers 15 9
Personal Fouls 31 23
Technical Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - UtSt Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Tue Nov 5 MTSt 73 @ UtSt 81 F. Fleute 5 T. Dorius 2

Game Information

Stadium: Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, Logan, Utah
Attendance: 7,331
Game Time: