No. 24 Colorado State Earns Comeback Win Over Broncos 71-65
Dec. 31, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - John Gillon scored a career-high 25 points, converting a critical three-point play in the final minute as No. 24 Colorado State overcame a 10-point, second-half deficit to beat Boise State 71-65 on Wednesday night.
J.J. Avila had 13 points and Daniel Bejarano added 11 for Colorado State (14-0, 1-0 Mountain West), which extended its winning streak to 14 games, the longest single-season run in school history.
Boise State (10-4, 0-1) got 20 points from Mikey Thompson but fell to 6-43 all-time against ranked teams.
Up by five at the half, the Broncos stretched their lead to 42-32 on Thompson's second 3-pointer of the game.
Colorado State rallied back, going in front for the first time since the game's opening minutes on a 3-pointer by Gillon that made it 47-46 with 12:45 to play.
The game remained closely fought down the stretch.
Thompson's driving layup pulled Boise State to 64-63 with 1:31 left to play.
Gillon, who had scorched the Broncos from the perimeter, drove the lane, muscled in a contested layup and then sank the free throw to complete a three-point play to give the Rams a four-point edge with under a minute left.
Another layup by Thompson got the Broncos within four points with 9.5 seconds remaining but Gillon, fouled on the subsequent inbounds, made a pair of free throws to help fend off Boise State.
Boise State led by as many as 14 points early before settling for a 33-28 halftime lead.
Nick Duncan hit a 3-pointer to cap a 14-0 run that put the Broncos up 22-8.
The Rams responded with a 10-3 burst that got them back in the game, starting with a 3-pointer by Gillon, who made all four his tries from beyond the arc.
Senior guard Anthony Drmic, the Broncos scoring leader each of his first three seasons, is slated to undergo season-ending ankle surgery. The school said it will seek a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA to allow him to return next season.
Boise State hosts Utah State on Saturday
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