Boise State Wins 2OT Thriller Over GCU
Dec. 13, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho – It doesn’t matter how long a team leads, it matters when they lead. The Boise State men’s basketball team proved that, Wednesday night at Taco Bell Arena, trailing Grand Canyon (7-3) for all but 9 minutes and 11 seconds of a thrilling, 85-80 double-overtime win.

The Broncos (10-1) didn’t hold their first lead until Chandler Hutchison drove the lane to give the Broncos a 45-43 lead with 10:58 remaining in the second half. Both teams traded barbs until the Antelopes sunk a pair of free throws to take a 63-60 lead, with only 13.3-seconds left.

Needing a three to force overtime, Boise State turned to a familiar face to make the big shot. Lexus Williams sunk the deep trey on the pass from Marcus Dickinson with only three seconds left, and the Broncos were given a second opportunity to win in overtime.

In the first overtime period, Justinian Jessup sunk a three on Boise State’s first possession and Boise to move to a 68-63 lead. Grand Canyon continued to battle back, making a free throw with 29 seconds left to tie the game at 69. Hutchison was called for travelling on the other end with six seconds remaining, but the Grand Canyon shot spiraled out of the rim to force a second overtime.  

The Broncos controlled the second overtime from the start, outscoring the Antelopes 16-11 over the final five-minute period to win their first overtime game since an 82-73 win over UNLV (Jan. 13, 2015). It was the first double-overtime win for Boise State since defeating Montana, 72-67 (Nov. 18, 2014).

As a team, Boise State found a way to win despite losing the battles in the major statistical categories. The team shot 60-percent from the field and made nine-of-13 free throws in the overtime period to make the important plays when they mattered most.

Hutchison led all scorers with 27 points, while adding 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season. Hutchison now has 1,012 points for his career – the 28th Bronco to eclipse the 1,000-point threshold.

This was Hutchison’s 10th career 20-point, 10-rebound game.

Boise State shot 1-of-10 from beyond the arc in the first half, and went into the lockerroom trailing for only the third time this season, 36-30. The Broncos came out strong to start the second half, with Hutchison scoring on a tip in on the inbound pass from Jessup on the first possession and never trailed by more than seven for the remainder of the game.

Four Broncos finished in double-figures behind Hutchison’s 27 points. Jessup overcame a modest night of shooting from beyond the arc to finish with 18 points. Williams and Christian Sengfelder both finished with 12 points, with Sengfelder adding eight rebounds.

The win extended Boise State’s home nonconference winning streak to 24 games. At 10-1, Boise State enters next Monday’s non-conference finale against SMU riding the best start to a season since the 1987-88 season. The game will air on ESPNU from Dallas, Texas, with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m. (MT). 

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