Las Vegas Sun

September 2, 2014

Currently: 105° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account

College basketball:

Blog: Wild comebacks highlight Day 1 of Mountain West tournament

Image

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Fresno State’s Cezar Guerrero celebrates after winning a Mountain West Conference tournament NCAA college basketball game against Air Force Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Las Vegas. Fresno State defeated Air Force 61-59. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Updated Thursday, March 13, 2014 | 3:32 a.m.

Fresno State vs. Air Force

Air Force's Marek Olesinski, left, and Zach Kocur, right try to bring down a rebound with Fresno State's Tyler Johnson during the second half of a Mountain West Conference tournament NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Las Vegas. Fresno State defeated Air Force 61-59. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) Launch slideshow »

Colorado State vs. Utah State

Utah State's Spencer Butterfield shoots a free throw after a technical foul on Daniel Bejarano during the second half of a Mountain West Conference tournament NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Las Vegas. Utah State defeated Colorado State 73-69. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) Launch slideshow »

The first game of the Mountain West tournament today at the Thomas & Mack Center had one of the best endings in the event’s 15-year history. The second one was good, too. And two out of three ain't bad.

Utah State trailed Colorado State by nine points with about 1:30 remaining in a first round contest, but closed with a 16-3 scoring run for an unlikely 73-69 victory in advancing to face top-seeded San Diego State in Thursday’s quarterfinals. The Aggies were a 2.5-point favorite.

In the second game, No. 7 seed Fresno State trailed No. 10 seed Air Force by 13 with five and a half minutes to play but closed the gap with a full-court press that allowed the Bulldogs to comeback for a 61-59 victory. Fresno State advances to face No. 2 seed New Mexico tomorrow night.

Boise State opened the nightcap with a 21-0 run and sprinted away from No. 11 seed San Jose State with an easy 83-52 victory. The Broncos will play No. 3 seed UNR in the final game Thursday.

The tournament is just getting started, with a full day Thursday and the traditionally great Friday night semifinals still on tap.

 

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy