Hot-Shooting Broncos Down Colorado State 84-72

Feb. 18, 2014

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Anthony Drmic scored 19 points to go with five rebounds and five assists and Boise State knocked down 13 3-pointers in an 84-72 win at Colorado State on Tuesday night.

Thomas Bropleh tied a season-high by scoring 18 points, hitting 4-of-8 from deep, as Boise State (17-9, 7-6 Mountain West) shot 54.7 percent (29-of-53) from the field, 59.1 percent from 3-point range and 13-of-13 from the free throw line. Derrick Marks added 13 points and three steals.

All 18 of Bropleh's points came in the second half. Bropleh has hit double figures in five of the last six games after reaching double digits just twice in the first 20 games of the season. He also scored 14 points in the second half in the Broncos' last game (Feb. 12 vs. New Mexico) after getting shutout in the first half.

Daniel Bejarano's jumper with 15:47 left pulled Colorado State (14-13, 5-9) within four, but the Broncos hit 3-pointers on their next three possessions - during an 11-3 run - to build a 57-45 lead with 13 minutes to play.

Jon Octeus made a layup with 2:18 remaining to cut the Rams' deficit to seven before Boise State closed the game on a 7-2 run.

Jeff Elorriaga played 20 minutes off the bench and scored nine points in his first extended action since Feb. 1, at UNLV. Elorriaga finished 3-for-4 from three-point range. He made two three-pointers and drew a charge on consecutive possessions upon entering the game, erasing a six-point deficit and sparking a 12-0 run to put Boise State on top 31-25.

The Broncos' 13-of-13 performance at the charity stripe is the second best in school history. Boise State was 26-of-26 last season against Fresno State.

Boise State set a season high with 21 assists, the most since recording 22 assists Feb. 20, 2013, against Air Force. Igor Hadiomerovic and Drmic led the team with five assists each. The five helpers match a season best for Drmic and it is the most for Hadziomerovic since dishing out six at New Orleans (Nov. 23).

Ryan Watkins grabbed 12 rebounds, his 16th game with double-figure rebounds this season. Watkins has pulled down at least 10 rebounds in 10 of the 13 MW games and at least eight in each game. He finished with nine points, all in the second half, to come up just short of another double-double.

Bejarano led CSU with 23 points.


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