Bronco Comeback Falls Short at New Mexico
Derrick Marks scored 19 points versus New Mexico.

Jan. 21, 2014

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Ryan Watkins nearly outrebounded New Mexico by himself, but the Boise State fell to the Lobos 84-75 on Tuesday night, at The Pit. Watkins grabbed a career-high 22 boards, tied for the most in the NCAA this season. He also had 15 points for his eight double-double of the season.

Boise State outrebounded New Mexico 41-28, but could not recover from the Lobos' 17-4 run to start the game. Watkins hauled in 11 rebounds on each end of the floor, both career highs. It is the first time a Bronco has grabbed 20 rebounds in a game since Jason Ellis had 21 against Tulsa, March 8, 2005, and the most by a Bronco since at least the 1985-86 season. Bill Otey set the school record of 24 twice, during the 1968-69 season.

Derrick Marks put in 14 of his 19 points in the second half when the Broncos (13-6, 3-3 MW) began to get back in the game. An Anthony Drmic three-pointer with 5:51 to play brought Boise State to within five at 69-64, the closest the Broncos had been since the score was 9-4. But the Lobos got a three-pointer from Kendall Williams, who finished with 18, to extend the lead and the Broncos would not get the deficit back to five again.

New Mexico's Hugh Greenwood scored a season-high 20 points and three other Lobos had at least 15. Greenwood had not scored in double figures this season, but matched his career high with five three-pointers. His final triple answered a Marks layup that had cut the New Mexico lead to seven at 66-59 with 7:05 to play. Merely 20 seconds later Greenwood stretched the margin back to double figures.

Boise State freshman Nick Duncan made the first start of his young career. Duncan played 32 minutes and scored 16 points, his third-straight game in double figures. He knocked down five three-pointers for the second-straight outing.

Mikey Thompson came off the bench to score 11 points for the Broncos.

New Mexico (14-4, 5-1 Mountain West) never trailed and led by as much as 32-15 in the first half. The Lobos led by 14 with as little as 10:15 to play in the game before Marks, Duncan and the Broncos stormed back.

At one point, Greenwood scored 11 of the Lobos' 15 points sandwiched around halftime, helping them to a 49-34 lead 3 minutes into the second half.


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