Broncos Overpower Idaho, 98-89
Derrick Marks drives the lane.

Nov. 27, 2013

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Derrick Marks scored a career-high 39 points and Anthony Drmicadded 21 as Boise State held off rival Idaho 98-89 Wednesday night in a nonconference game played on a neutral court at CenturyLink Arena.

The Broncos (5-0) led from start to finish in beating their in-state rival for the fifth consecutive time. Ryan Watkinsscored all 16 of his points in the first half when the Broncos built a 44-31 lead. Boise State scored all of its points in the opening half in the paint or at the foul line, quite a contrast from its first four wins when the Broncos made an average of 11.8 3-pointers per game. Boise State attempted only seven against Idaho, making two.

That total is the fewest makes from beyond the arc since also making two on February 29, 2012 against San Diego State. It also is the fewest three pointers attempted since also taking seven against on November 24, 2009 against Eastern Washington.

Idaho (3-4) got 26 points from Stephen Madison, 15 from Glen Dean and 14 from Mike Scott. The Vandals trailed by as many as 23 points in the second half. They went 17 for 22 from the line and shot 63.8% from the field in the second half. They got as close as 94-89 with 43 seconds remaining but couldn't complete the comeback.

Boise State out-rebounded the Vandals 35-28 for the game and also edged them in turnovers by only committing 5 while Idaho had 6. Watkins lead the Broncos with a season-high 14 rebounds to give him his second double-double of the season and the eighth of his career.

Marks' 39 points is the most points scored by a Bronco since Tanoka Beard also scored 39 on March 6, 1993 against Eastern Washington. In addition, his 21 made free throws are a single-game school record.

Boise State scored 54 points in the paint, the most since scoring 62 against Colorado Christian on November 11, 2011. The win also improves the Broncos' record to 53-35 all-time against the Vandals. Leon Rice remains a perfect 5-0 against the in-state rival.

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