RENO, Nev. -- Jonathan Gibson scored 22 points and Jahmar Young and Hernst Laroche each had 16 to help New Mexico State rally from an early 10-point deficit and beat Boise State 80-70 Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference basketball tournament.
Wendell McKines added 12 points and 13 rebounds for the fifth-seeded Aggies (17-14), who used a pressure defense the second half to advance to Friday's semifinal against top-seeded Utah State (28-4), which beat Boise State 80-70 on Thursday.
Thomas made three 3-point shots in a 5-minute span to help Boise State take a 23-16 lead that grew to 30-20 on Jamar Greene's 3-pointer 8:12 before the half. But the Aggies answered with a 12-2 run -- capped by back-to-back 3-point goals by Laroche and Gibson -- to make it 32-32 and led 38-36 at the half.
Gibson made his first three attempts from 3-point range in the second half to help put New Mexico State ahead for good 56-48 with 11 minutes left in the game.