Fresno State Slips Past Boise State 70-64
Feb. 14, 2015

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FRESNO, Calif.- Derrick Marks matched his season high with 31 points, but was the only Bronco in double figures Saturday, as Fresno State rallied late for a 70-64 victory. The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak for Boise State.

Boise State (18-7, 8-4 MW) led 58-52 with 6:38 to play after a fast break layup by James Webb III. The Broncos did not make another field goal for the next 6:16, while Fresno State went on a 15-3 run.

The Bulldogs (12-13, 7-5 MW) got 24 points from Marvelle Harris and another 15 from Julien Lewis, while shooting 50 percent from the floor as a team.

Despite the strong shooting, it was a bout of stingy defense that allowed Fresno State to cool the red-hot Broncos. Boise State committed 13 turnovers in the game and scored just 22 points in the second half, its second-fewest after halftime this season.

The slow second half followed a 42-point first half for the visitors. Boise State made 10 of its final 13 shots in the half to take a 42-40 lead after trailing by as many as 12 midway through the period.

Marks scored 19 points in the first half, matching his career high for points before halftime. He finished with 31 on 11-of-17 shooting. It is his fifth 30-point game of the season and ninth of his career. Both totals are school records. The nine 30-point performances for his career are the third-most in Mountain West history, trailing only Jimmer Fredette (24) and Ruben Douglas (15).

With the loss, Boise State is now one game behind conference-leading San Diego State in the loss column. The Broncos will be back on the road in their next game Wednesday, at UNLV.

There was a moment of silence prior to the game to honor the memory of former Bulldog and UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, who died this week at the age of 84.


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