Broncos Down Aztecs with Wild Rally
Nick Duncan
Feb. 27, 2016

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SAN DIEGO (AP) Boise State defeated San Diego State 66-63, Saturday, at Viejas Arena, scoring the game's final 12 points and ending the Aztecs' streak of 164 consecutive wins when leading with five minutes to play. The Broncos (19-10, 10-6 MW) trailed by nine with 1:04 remaining but hit six free throws and two three-pointers from Nick Duncan to take advantage of San Diego State (21-8, 14-2 MW) missing seven consecutive free throws.

With 1:03 left and the Broncos trailing 63-54, Mikey Thompson made a pair of free throws to cut the margin to seven. Winston Shepard missed a pair and Duncan hit his first three-pointer of the game with 48 seconds to play, bringing the Broncos within four. Jeremy Hemsley missed two free throws before Paris Austin was fouled on a drive to the rim and converted a pair from the line. Trey Kell missed two free throws with 30 seconds to go and Mikey Thompson found Duncan as the trail man in transition for the go-ahead three-pointer with 23 seconds left. After forcing a turnover, Anthony Drmic made two free throws to push the margin to three and the Aztecs were unable to get a clean look for the tie.

In the first 79 minutes of game action against San Diego State this season Boise State was 2-for-28 from three-point range. Duncan was 2-for-2 beyond the arc in the final 48 seconds to give the Broncos an improbable win and add another chapter to the recent rivalry between the two programs.

Boise State and San Diego State have played 12 times since the Broncos joined the Mountain West, with eight of the games being decided by four points or fewer. In those 12 meetings, the combined score is 737-736 with SDSU holding a one-point edge in total points. Boise State has won consecutive games at Viejas Arena, the first Mountain West team to do so since BYU in 2009-10 and 2010-11.

James Webb III (knee) did not play. Webb had started 55 consecutive games for Boise State, dating to Dec. 9, 2014. He was only Bronco to start first 28 games of this season and is the team's leading scorer and the top rebounder in the Mountain West.

In addition to his late heroics, Duncan shouldered much of the rebounding load with Webb out. He finished with 12 points and 10 boards for the first double-double of his career. The Broncos outrebounded the Aztecs 31-29.

Chandler Hutchison led the Broncos with 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including three transition dunks. It is the most points Hutchison has scored against a Division I opponent in his career.

Austin also stepped up with 11 points, including his two free throws with 32 seconds remaining.

Boise State led 30-28 at halftime. The Broncos used an 11-0 run to take an 8-point lead with 1:37 to play in the half, but the Aztecs scored the last six points of the period.

Boise State hosts Nevada Wednesday, in its home finale. The Broncos will honor their four seniors during a pregame ceremony. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. MT.


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