New Mexico St. 80, Boise St. 70

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RENO, Nev. (AP)—Jonathan Gibson scored 22 points and Jahmar Young and Hernst Laroche each had 16 to help New Mexico State rally from an early 10-point deficit and beat Boise State 80-70 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference basketball tournament.

Wendell McKines added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the fifth-seeded Aggies (17-14), who used a pressure defense the second half to advance to Friday’s semifinal against top-seeded Utah State (28-4), which beat Boise State 80-70 on Thursday.

Mark Sanchez scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Anthony Thomas had 18 points on 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range for the fourth-seeded Broncos (19-12).

Thomas made three 3-point shots in a 5-minute span to help Boise State take a 23-16 lead that grew to 30-20 on Jamar Greene’s 3-pointer 8:12 before the half. But the Aggies answered with a 12-2 run—capped by back-to-back 3-point goals by Laroche and Gibson—to make it 32-32 and led 38-36 at the half.

Gibson made his first three attempts from 3-point range in the second half to help put New Mexico State ahead for good 56-48 with 11 minutes left in the game.

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