Boise State Edges New Mexico in Final Seconds, 71-70
Derrick Marks' two free throws in the last 13 seconds led the Broncos to victory.

Feb. 12, 2014


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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Derrick Marks hit two free throws with 13.4 seconds left to lift Boise State to a 71-70 victory over New Mexico Wednesday.

Anthony Drmic scored 18 points and Thomas Bropleh scored all of his 14 in the second half for the Broncos (16-9, 6-6 Mountain West). Ryan Watkins added 12 points and Marks had 11.

Kendall Williams scored 22 points and Cameron Bairstow added 20 for the Lobos (18-5, 9-2), who missed an opportunity to tie San Diego State for the conference lead. Hugh Greenwood missed a potential winning 17-foot shot with three seconds remaining and Alex Kirk was unable to convert a tip as New Mexico had a six-game winning streak halted.

Williams swished a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left to give the Lobos a 70-69 lead. Marks was fouled on Boise State's ensuing possession and made the decisive free throws to cap a comeback from a 12-point deficit.

New Mexico led 42-30 with 1:19 left in the first half before Drmic scored the next five points to cut the deficit to seven at halftime.

The Lobos stretched the lead back to 11 at 52-41 with 15 minutes left in the game. That's when Bropleh got hot. The senior went on his own 9-2 run, hitting three-pointers on Boise State's next three possessions.

The Broncos were within four at 60-56 with just over eight minutes to play and inbounding the ball from the baseline with two seconds left on the shot clock. Bropleh collected the pass and banked in a three-pointer from the left wing, his fourth triple of the half and cut the lead to one.

Watkins completed his 12th double-double of the season on the next series, rebounding a Lobo miss (his 10th board) and putting in a 10-foot jumper (his 10th point) on the ensuing possession. It gave Boise State a 61-60 lead with 7:05 to play, the Broncos' first lead since a 12-11 advantage with 13:51 on the clock in the first half.

The game remained tight the rest of the way, culminating with five ties and three lead changes in the final seven minutes.


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