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Comeback mode activated Utah State refuses to back down even when down big

In two games this tournament, Utah State has been down big. Against Colorado State it was 20-5, against Boise State it was 36-23 with 3:11 to play in the first half. Both times the Aggies came back, and both times they came away with a win

Utah State was outscored by a combined 10 points in the first half in the two games — 18 in the first five minutes

...but had a 24-point advantage in the second half against the two.

USU head coach Tim Duryea said said the team typically talks about both sides of the ball before the game and at halftime. Things have been a bit different the last couple days

“We did not talk offense before the game. We didn’t talk offense at halftime. We discussed defense of lack thereof in the first half and how that had to change.” - Tim Duryea after win against Boise State

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.

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