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Williams scores 23 to lead Boise St. over UNLV 67-61 in MWC

LAS VEGAS (AP) RJ Williams scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds as fifth-seeded Boise State defeated fourth-seeded UNLV 67-61 in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament on Thursday.

Boise State's Derrick Alston shoots as UNLV's Jonah Antonio defends during the second half of a Mountain West Conference tournament NCAA college basketball game Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Las Vegas. Boise State defeated UNLV 67-61.
Boise State's Derrick Alston shoots as UNLV's Jonah Antonio defends during the second half of a Mountain West Conference tournament NCAA college basketball game Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Las Vegas. Boise State defeated UNLV 67-61. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Justinian Jessup added 19 points, including four free throws in the last 12.5 seconds, the Broncos (20-11) and Derrick Alston Jr. scored 14 points and hauled down 12 rebounds.

Boise State faces top-seeded and fifth-ranked San Diego State in the first semifinal on Friday night.

Bryce Hamilton scored 24 points for the Runnin' Rebels (17-15), Amauri Hardy added 14 and Jonah Antonio had 13 with nine rebounds.

UNL shot 30% in the first half to trail 29-24. Williams helped keep the Runnin' Rebels at bay with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and the line, and 12 rebounds in the second half.

Boise State's Justinian Jessup plays against UNLV during the first half of a Mountain West Conference tournament NCAA college basketball game Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Las Vegas.
Boise State's Justinian Jessup plays against UNLV during the first half of a Mountain West Conference tournament NCAA college basketball game Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)