The Rams made eight of their first 13 shots and the Broncos made eight of their first 10 — including their first six. But after their respective hot starts, CSU and BSU shot 33.3 and 34 percent from the field respectively.
Sam Merrill and Koby McEwen have played their best basketball in the second half. Merrill had zero points in the first half against Colorado State, but finished the game with 11 points. McEwen had just 4 against Boise State at halftime, but scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds in the second half.
In all, 51 if the duo's 78 points in the tournament have come in the second half.
Utah State has also shot the ball better as a team in the second half, shooting 42.6 percent in the first half and 53.6 percent in the second half.