Jordan Johnson scored four points during an 8-2 spurt to give UNLV a 78-76 lead with two minutes left. Merrill made a 3-pointer, McEwen hit a 3 and made two free throws, and Dwayne Brown Jr. split a pair from the line to seal it for Utah State (10-7, 3-1 Mountain West).
McEwen was 6 of 16 from the field and made all eight of his free throws. Merrill was 8-of-15 shooting and made three 3-pointers. Brown finished with 15 points and Daron Henson chipped in 12.
Brandon McCoy scored 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field to lead UNLV (12-4, 1-2). Johnson added 16 points.
UC Santa Barbara beats Cal State Fullerton 82-67
Max Heidegger had 19 points as UC Santa Barbara beat Cal State Fullerton 82-67 on Saturday night.
Fields scores 28 to lead Cal Poly over Hawaii 88-80
Donovan Fields had 28 points as Cal Poly topped Hawaii 88-80 on Saturday night.
Texas Southern beats Arkansas-Pine Bluff 94-74
Jeremy Combs scored 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds to help Texas Southern beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 94-74 on Saturday night.