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Utah St. 85, Fresno St. 68

RENO, Nev. -- Stavon Williams scored 22 points on 6-of-8 shooting from 3-point range and top-seeded Utah State raced out to an early lead on the way to an 85-68 victory over Fresno State in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament Thursday.

Gary Wilkinson and Jared Quayle each added 18 for the Aggies (28-4), who already have clinched a berth in at least the NIT because they won the WAC regular season title. They will play in Friday's semifinal against New Mexico State, which beat Boise State 80-70 earlier Thursday.

Paul George had 16 points, Dwight O'Neil 14 and Sylvester Seay 12 for Fresno State (13-21), which never led.

The Aggies started fast, taking a 16-2 lead over the ninth-seeded Bulldogs. Utah State shot 64 percent from the field in the opening half to take a 45-31 halftime lead.

The Aggies made eight of their first 10 attempts from 3-point range and finished 13-of-21 from long distance on the game.