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3 keys in the Utah State Aggies’ 74-53 MWC Tournament win over the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels

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Utah State guard Rollie Worster (24) drives as UNLV forward Devin Tillis (30) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference men’s tournament Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Isaac Brekken, Associated Press

The Utah State Aggies started very slow in their first game at the Mountain West Conference Tournament in Las Vegas on Thursday, but they eventually got things going and cruised past the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels 74-53 to advance.

Here are three keys from the game.

  • Down 24-18 with two minutes to go in the first half, the Aggies scored six straight points to tie things up at the break and then dominated the second half.
  • As a tie game might indicate, things were very close statistically in the first half, but the Aggies ended up shooting 45 percent from the field compared to 35 percent for UNLV, won the rebounding battle 45-32 and had 18 assists to UNLV’s nine.
  • UNLV only had one player in double figures until less than a minute remained in the game, while Utah State finished comfortably with four.