Marks, Duncan Shoot Broncos Past Lobos
Feb. 24, 2015
Duncan made a career-high eight 3-pointers while Marks added five as the Broncos (21-7, 11-4 Mountain West) made a season-high 15 from behind the arc - one shy of tying the single-game school record.
James Webb III collected 11 rebounds for Boise State, which has won 11 of its past 12 games.
Deshawn Delaney scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half to lead the Lobos, who lost their seventh straight game. Hugh Greenwood added 13 points for New Mexico (14-14, 6-10).
Marks (18) and Duncan (12) combined for 30 of Boise State's 39 first-half points as the Broncos led by 10 at the break. Duncan made four 3-pointers in each half as he topped his previous scoring high by six points.
The Lobos shot 55.6 percent from the field but were outscored 16-2 on points off turnovers.
New Mexico had no answer on how to defend Marks and Duncan, who made 20 of Boise State's 26 field goals. Marks also had five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Marks, a leading Mountain West Player of the Year candidate, had his sixth 30-point outing of the season which moved him into sixth place on the Mountain West's all-time scoring list. Marks has 1,814 career points and he passed former New Mexico guard Kendall Williams (1,813 from 2010-14).
Boise State led for nearly the entire contest but the Lobos battled back from a 19-point first-half deficit to trail 43-36 on Greenwood's 3-pointer with 17:48 remaining.
Duncan responded by hitting consecutive 3-pointers to make it a 13-point margin. A jumper by Greenwood got New Mexico back within 11 before Boise State rolled off 11 in a row, with Marks knocking down two 3-pointers and Duncan sinking one to make it 60-38.
Duncan's eighth 3-pointer made it 65-49 with 8:49 remaining. But the Lobos made another mini-run to pull within 11 on a 3-pointer by Delaney with 6:01 to play. Marks and Igor Hadziomerovic followed with baskets to increase the lead to 15 and end New Mexico's final charge.
In the first half, Duncan made his fourth 3-pointer midway through the stanza to begin a string of eight straight points as Boise State took a 27-17 advantage. The Broncos rolled off 11 straight points a short time later to take a 38-19 lead as Marks scored eight points during the burst on two 3-pointers and a fast-break dunk after a steal.
The Lobos finished the half strong, getting 3-pointers from Sam Logwood and Greenwood during a 10-0 surge to cut their deficit to 39-29 at the break.
New Mexico: The Lobos won six of seven meetings with Boise State until being swept in this season's two meetings. . New Mexico lost the rebounding battle (27-26) for the first time in 13 games. . Greenwood is 25 points away from becoming the 33rd player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.
Boise State: The Broncos hit a school record 16 3-pointers against Elon on Dec. 21, 2004. ... Duncan's previous career high was 20 points against Air Force earlier this season. . Marks (523) passed the 500-point mark for the third different season, joining Tanoka Beard (1989-93) as the lone players in program history to do so. . Webb had just two points on 1-of-6 shooting after scoring 23 and going 7-of-7 from 3-point range when the teams met in New Mexico on Jan. 18.
Boise State visits San Diego State on Saturday.
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