Marks, Broncos Stay Hot, Rally to Beat Rams
Jan. 27, 2015
Marks drained a 3-pointer with 1:20 remaining to cap a 7-0 burst as the Broncos (15-6, 5-3 Mountain West) won their fifth straight game. James Webb III had 15 second-half points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Mikey Thompson scored all 14 of his points in the first half and Igor Hadziomerovic added 10 points.
"Wow, what a game," said Boise State head coach Leon Rice. "I am so proud of our guys because Colorado State is a heck of a team. They are 18-2 coming in, they are the 24th-ranked team in the nation (coaches' poll) and as I have said before they are one of the most consistent basketball teams in the country. All I can say is thank God for Derrick Marks and the way all of the team battled in the second half."
Daniel Bejarano scored 19 points for the Rams (18-3, 5-3), who had a four-game winning streak halted. Joe De Ciman scored 15 points, Stanton Kidd added 13, and J.J. Avila added 10 points and nine rebounds.
Colorado State led 73-68 when coach Larry Eustachy was called for a technical foul with 2:28 left for disputing a call. Marks made both foul shots, Rob Heyer's layup made it a one-point margin and Marks drained the go-ahead 3-pointer. The momentum remained with Boise State down the stretch and Marks was 5 of 6 from the free-throw line over the final 40 seconds to seal it.
The Broncos were down by double digits in the second half but stayed in range of the Rams with their long-range marksmanship. Boise State was 9 of 12 from behind the arc in the second half and finished 12 of 22, which offset a rebounding shortage as Colorado State grabbed 15 offensive boards and posted a 39-27 advantage. The Rams led by 10 at halftime and stretched the lead to 12 but couldn't gain further separation. Webb made three 3-pointers in a span of 3 1/2 minutes to keep the Broncos within nine.
The long-range barrage continued with Nick Duncan knocking down two straight and Hadziomerovic draining another to bring Boise State within 55-51 with 11:27 remaining. The Rams led 70-63 after a 3-pointer by Kidd with 5:24 left before Marks scored the next five points.
Bejarano hit a 3-pointer to increase Colorado State's lead to 73-68 with 3:13 left but Avila was called off an offensive foul and Eustachy's technical fueled Boise State's late-game charge.
"That was a big momentum changer," said Jake Ness who drew the charge against Avila. "It was hit and miss for awhile; they were going up and we were coming back and that play just took it over the edge and we started powering back."
In the first half, Thompson scored nine points over the first four-plus minutes to help Boise State take an 11-3 lead. The Rams bounced back with a 10-2 burst, capped by 3-pointers from Kidd and John Gillon, to tie it at 13 with 11:39 left in the half.
Colorado State trailed by five later in the half before Bejarano scored nine points during an 11-0 run as the Rams took a 28-22 advantage with 5:24 remaining. The Broncos quickly ran off six straight to tie it before Colorado State went on a half-ending 12-2 tear to take a 40-30 lead into the break.
Colorado State: J.J. Avila has scored in single digits just once all season. . The Rams lost for the fifth time in six visits to Boise State. . Stanton Kidd was 5-of-6 shooting and made all three of his 3-point attempts.
Boise State: Derrick Marks has 1,664 career points and moved into fourth place in school history. He passed Abe Jackson (1,660 from 1998-2002). . Webb has made 13 3-pointers over the last four games and the Broncos have made 10 or more 3-pointers in six of the past seven games.
Colorado State hosts Fresno State on Saturday.
Boise State visits Utah State on Tuesday.
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