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Merrill scores 24 as Utah State beats Fresno State 71-59

FILE: Utah State guard Sam Merrill (5) dribbles the ball as Fresno State forward Nate Grimes (32) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, in Logan, Utah.
Eli Lucero, AP

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.