The Utah State Aggies suffered a major hit to their NCAA Tournament hopes on Friday night as they were beaten by the Boise State Broncos for the second straight game, 81-77.

Here are three takeaways from the contest.

  • Down 66-62 with seven minutes to play, the Broncos clamped down defensively and had a 71-68 lead three minutes later. The Aggies tied it at 71 but never took the lead again as Boise State’s Mladen Armus and Abu Kigab made plays offensively to keep Utah State away.
  • After shooting just 39 percent from the field in the first half, the Broncos finished the night having made 54 percent of their shots. The Aggies connected on 50 percent of theirs.
  • Neemias Queta scored 30 points for Utah State but no one else scored more than Justin Bean’s 11. Brock Miller was the only other Aggie to finish in double figures with 10. Derrick Alston Jr. scored 23 for Boise State, Kigab added 19, Armus 13 and RayJ Dennis 10.