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Hutchison scores 34, Boise St beats Utah 73-68 in NIT

Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune Utah Utes forward David Collette (13) steals the ball from Boise State Broncos forward David Wacker (33) during the first round of the NIT at the Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City Tuesday March 14, 2017.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Chandler Hutchison had a career-high 34 points, Marcus Dickinson scored 10 of his career-best 12 points in the final 12 minutes and Boise State overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to beat Utah 73-68 on Tuesday night in an opening-round game of the NIT.

Zach Haney had five of his seven points, five rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals in the second half for Boise State (20-11), which has won at least 20 games in each of the last five seasons. The Broncos, seeded sixth in their bracket, will play No. 2 seed Illinois in the second round.

Kyle Kuzma's layup with 17:39 to play gave third-seeded Utah (20-12) 47-36 lead, which matched its biggest of the game. Hutchison answered with a 3-pointer that sparked a 7-0 spurt and back-to-back layups by Dickinson trimmed Boise State's deficit to one with 10:35 remaining. A bucket by Kuzma made it 61-56 nearly four minutes later, but Utah missed its next nine, and 14 of its next 15 shots. Hutchison sandwiched a pair of layups around a 3 by Dickinson to give the Broncos their first lead, 63-61, with 4:06 left and spark a 16-1 run that made it 72-61 with 45 seconds left.

Kuzma had 21 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for Utah. David Collette scored 15 and grabbed a career-high 11 boards.

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