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LAS VEGAS — Colorado State fans had another late night ahead of them after drawing the late card on quarterfinal day for the Air Force Reserve Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championship. But prior to a late Ram tipoff, the rest of the Mountain West got to work deciding who would move on to the semifinals and who would spend the rest of the year on the couch. 

No. 1 San Diego State University versus No. 8 University of Wyoming

 The University of Wyoming’s March marvels have come to an end and it may be due to an unintentionally successful shot. San Diego State University won 69-66 in a game that came down to the wire. Wyoming guard Marcus Williams had a chance to put Wyoming in a position to take the lead after getting fouled with five seconds left in the game, but Williams accidentally made the second free throw. Wyoming hoped to get the rebound and then tie the game but the successful conversion gave the top-seeded Aztecs the ball back. Wyoming certainly ruffled the feathers of the #1 seed and proved to the rest of the conference that the winner of this tournament is far from determined. 

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No. 4 Boise State University versus No. 5 University of Nevada, Reno 

The Thomas and Mack Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas
The Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas during the 2021 Air Force Reserve Mountain West Championship, March 11. (Devin Cornelius | The Collegian)

The University of Nevada, Reno jumped to an early lead in the second quarterfinal of the day and never looked back. Behind Desmond Cambridge Jr.’s dominant 31 point night and an equally impressive 26 from Grant Sherfield, the Wolf Pack would send Boise State University packing. The Broncos didn’t even play horrible — they shot 51% on the night — but they were unable to get any type of consistent offensive flow throughout the game and could never really hurdle a seven-point deficit. Winning 89-82, Nevada firmly established themselves as the Bronco slayer after beating them three times on the season. 

No. 2 Utah State University versus No. 7 University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Utah State University dominated the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the third quarterfinal of the day, winning 74-53.  Initially, this game moved at a snail’s pace as offenses ran stagnant in the first half, but from a competitive standpoint, it was as tight as they come, as the game was tied at 24 points apiece going into the second half. Utah State made the executive decision to live up to their designation as #2 seed and quickly distanced themselves from the Rebels. Aggie center Neemias Queta would total his seventh double-double in a row. The Aggies’ ability to share the ball shone in the second half. Utah State would turn five first-half assists into a team total of 18 and would put up an impressive 50 points in the second half. The Aggies are certainly gearing up to make another deep run in the tournament and potentially retain their tournament title.

Bailey Bassett and Scott Nies can be reached at sports@collegian.com or on Twitter @baileybassett_ and @scott_nies98.

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Devin Cornelius
Devin Cornelius, Digital Managing Editor
Devin Cornelius is the digital managing editor for The Collegian. He is a fifth-year computer science major from Austin, Texas. He moved to Colorado State University and started working for The Collegian in 2017 as a photographer. His passion for photography began in high school, so finding a photography job in college was one of his top priorities. He primarily takes sports photos, volleyball being his favorite to shoot. Having been on The Collegian staff for 4 1/2 years, he's watched the paper evolve from a daily to a weekly paper, and being involved in this transition is interesting and exciting. Although Cornelius is a computer science major, his time at The Collegian has been the most fulfilling experience in his college career — he has loved every second. From working 12-hour days to taking photos in Las Vegas for the Mountain West Conference, he cannot think of a better place to work. Working as a photographer for The Collegian pushed him outside of his comfort zone, taking him places that he never expected and making him the photographer he is today. As the digital managing editor, Cornelius oversees the photos, graphics and social media of The Collegian along with other small tech things. Working on the editorial staff with Katrina Leibee and Serena Bettis has been super fun and extremely rewarding, and together they have been pushing The Collegian toward being an alt-weekly. Outside of The Collegian, he enjoys playing volleyball, rugby, tumbling and a variety of video games. When in Austin, you can find him out on the lake, wake surfing, wake boarding and tubing. You can expect that Cornelius and the rest of The Collegian staff will do their best to provide you with interesting and exciting content.

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