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No. 23 Colorado State ekes by Utah State in MWC quarters

(Rick Bowmer | AP) Utah State forward Brandon Horvath (4) lowers his head following the team's NCAA college basketball game against Colorado State in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference men's tournament Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas • Chandler Jacobs layed in the winning basket with 1.8 seconds left and No. 23 Colorado State held off Utah State 53-51 Thursday night in the Mountain West Conference quarterfinals.

Isaiah Stevens drove the lane in the final seconds, then passed across the paint to Jacobs, who banked in a tiebreaking layup.

Stevens led the Rams (25-4) with 14 points and seven rebounds, and MWC player of the year David Roddy added 13 points and six boards.

Brandon Horvath led Utah State (18-15) with 17 points, and Justin Bean had 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Stevens put Colorado State ahead 51-47 with 56 seconds left before the Aggies scored four straight points. Bean tied it with two free throws with 13 seconds left. Utah State air-balled a desperate, full-court 3 after Jacobs’ basket.

Roddy provided a gritty effort at both ends of the floor, with multiple aggressive dunks and a momentum-building block late in the second half.

Utah State held the Rams to just 28 first-half points and made things challenging for CSU all around the floor. Between an aggressive effort from Roddy and a productive outing from Stevens, the Rams had too much firepower in the end for the seventh-seeded Aggies.

The Rams shot 43% from the floor and 17% from deep. The Aggies, on the other hand, shot 41% from the floor but just 7% from 3-point range.

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CSU will face the winner of the San Diego State-Fresno State game in the semifinals Friday night.

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