|Head Coach Leon Rice||Anthony Drmic and Ryan Watkins|
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Anthony Drmic scored a career-high 34 points and matched a career best with six 3-pointers to lead Boise State to an 89-70 victory over LSU on Friday night, in front of 11,210 fans at Taco Bell Arena.
Derrick Marks scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half and Ryan Watkins had 12 points and a career-high 17 rebounds as the Broncos (7-2) won for the fourth time in five games.
Drmic scored 19 points in the first half, helping Boise State stake a 43-30 lead at intermission. He did not slow down in the second half, shooting 5-for-8 in the period to finish 12-of-18 in the game. He was 6-of-10 from beyond the arc. The sophomore put an exclamation point on his night with an emphatic dunk over LSU's 7-foot-3 center for his final field goal.
Drmic's 34-point performance is the second-highest scoring output in the Mountain West this season, behind Marks' 35 at Creighton, Nov. 28.
The second-year duo is the third set of Boise State teammates to post 30-point games in the same season.
Watkins' double-double is the second of his career and included 10 offensive rebounds. His 17 boards are the most in the Mountain West this season.
Corban Collins scored 19 points for LSU (6-1). Johnny O'Bryant III added 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting but fouled out with 8:59 remaining for the Tigers, who were playing their first road game.
The Broncos ended the first half on a 16-3 run after LSU tied the game at 27 at the 6:17 mark. Kenny Buckner scored all six of his points in a row at the outset of the run. The spurt was capped when Jeff Elorriaga stole the ball with six seconds left and fed Thomas Bropleh in transition for a bucket and foul. The three-point play sent the near-capacity crowd into a frenzy and Boise State into the locker room with plapable momentum.
The game was played in front of the 16th-largest home crowd in Boise State history.
The Broncos reached their largest lead at 60-40 on two free throws by Marks with 13:35 remaining. He finished the night 12-of-12 from the charity stripe. It is his 12th-straight game in double figures, the second longest active streak in the Mountain West (Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State; 29).