Boise State Falls After Comeback by Loyola Chicago, 48-45
Dec. 24, 2014

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Loyola of Chicago nabbed a 48-45 comeback victory over Boise State on Tuesday to win the Las Vegas Classic and the Ramblers' sixth straight game.

James Webb III led the Broncos (10-3) with nine points. It is the first time Boise State's leading scorer was in single digits since Feb. 22, 2012, at No. 21 UNLV.

A 3-point attempt by Boise State's Nick Duncan fell short as the final horn sounded. Duncan made his return to the lineup after missing the previous two games with an ankle injury.

Boise State led 27-22 at halftime and extended the lead to 30-22 after the first possession of the second half. The Ramblers used a 13-6 run to take a 35-33 second-half lead on a layup by Christian Thomas, then trailed by a basket with 4:14 to go

Joe Hanstad scored all seven of his points in the first half. Hanstad had a total of two first-half points since Jan. 30, 2013. The last time he scored seven points in a first half was Feb. 15, 2012, against Colorado State as a freshman.

Dezmyn Trent matched his career high playing 20 minutes Tuesday, and pulled down seven rebounds for the second consecutive game. The seven boards are also Trent's career best.

Boise State beat Houston 75-73 to advance to the finals. The loss ends its six-game winning streak.

Anthony Drmic missed his sixth game in a row with an injury and was joined in street clothes by Derrick Marks who injured his ankle against Houston. Drmic and Marks have combined to score 3,003 points in their careers at Boise State.

Marks and Webb were named to the Las Vegas Classic All-Tournament Team. During the four games of the tournament (including the two games played at Boise State) Marks ¬-averaged 20.3 points on 59 percent shooting and was 12-for-18 from three-point range (he did not play Tuesday, against Loyola; ankle). Webb averaged 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.


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