Utah State blows past Saint Mary’s 80-63

Utah State head coach Craig Smith yells toward the court against Saint Mary's during the second half of a NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Neemias Queta had 24 points, nine rebounds and five blocks to lead Utah State to an 80-63 victory over Saint Mary’s on Monday night in the heavyweight bracket of the MGM Main Event.

The Aggies shot 49 percent (29 of 50) from the floor, while stifling Saint Mary’s to 29 percent.

Utah State outrebounded the Gaels, 41-32, while outscoring them in the paint, 34-24. The Aggies also registered eight blocks.

Sam Merrill added 23 points with eight assists for Utah State (5-0), which is off to its best start since the 2013-14 season.

The Gaels (3-1) were led by Jordan Ford and Malik Fitts, who each scored 14 points. Fitts also led the team with seven rebounds, and Dan Fotu added 11 points.

Utah State will play in Wednesday’s championship game.

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