Published Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | 2:20 p.m.
Updated Thursday, March 13, 2014 | 3:32 a.m.
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.