New Mexico St. 80, Boise St. 70
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.