BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Sam Merrill scored a career-high 37 points and Utah State smothered Montana State 101-71 in the season opener for both teams Tuesday night.
In the coaching debut of Utah State's Craig Smith, Merrill had the ninth-highest scoring total by a visiting player in the history of Worthington Arena. The Aggies missed just three of 26 free throw attempts in the contest.
Utah State overwhelmed the Bobcats on the glass by a 51-25 margin. The Aggies collared 16 offensive rebounds and converted them into 17 points.
The Aggies slowly built their lead and led 29-19 with 7:40 to play before halftime. Montana State trimmed the margin to six twice, but Utah State closed the half by scoring on three straight possessions to grab a 50-34 advantage. Dwayne Brown Jr. scored 15 points for Utah State.
Henry, Childs lead Bradley over UIC 65-56
Ja'Shon Henry had 14 points off the bench to lift Bradley to a 65-56 win over Illinois-Chicago on Saturday night.
Carter leads with 20 points, Murray St. beats Brescia 114-48
Chico Carter Jr. scored 20 points off the bench, leading eight players in double figures, and Murray State beat Brescia University of the NAIA 114-48 on Saturday night.
Lever leads Grand Canyon past Ark.-Pine Bluff 67-54
Alessandro Lever had 25 points as Grand Canyon beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 67-54 on Saturday night.