Utah State's Julion Pearre, front, shoots while covered by Wyoming's Derek Cooke Jr. during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the quarterfinal round of the Mountain West Conference tournament Thursday, March 12, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP
Isaac Brekken
March 12, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) Josh Adams had 19 points and six assists Thursday and fourth-seeded Wyoming advanced to the Mountain West Conference tournament semifinals with a 67-65 victory over fifth-seeded Utah State.

The Cowboys (23-9) pulled away with seven quick points over a 1:21 stretch. Riley Grabau made the go-ahead 3-pointer, Adams converted a transition jumper and Larry Nance Jr.'s putback dunk made it 58-51 with 3:56 left.

Adams's dunk with 1:58 left pushed the lead to nine, but Utah State (18-13) ended with a 12-5 run and had Jalen Moore's potentially game-winning desperation shot go long at the buzzer.

Charles Hankerson Jr. added a career-high 16 points, Nance scored 13 and Grabau 11. Wyoming will face No. 1 seed Boise State on Friday.

Moore led the Aggies with 17. Unless Utah State gets a tournament invitation, the loss marked the end of USU head coach Stew Morrill's 29-year career - 17 with the Aggies. In January, Morrill announced his plans to retire at the end of the season.

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