Hutchison Buzzer Beater Lifts Broncos
Dec. 31, 2016

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BOISE, Idaho- Chandler Hutchison banked in a pull-up 3-pointer at the buzzer to take down Colorado State 74-73 in the Broncos' thrilling conference home opener Saturday night at Taco Bell Arena. Boise State (9-4, 2-0 MW) trailed by single digits for the majority of the game, but finished the game on an 11-4 run to earn the victory over the Rams (9-6, 1-1 MW).

"I didn't expect that moment, I just put my head down and played," Hutschison said on the game winner. "I saw that there was two seconds left so I let it go, and it went in."

The two teams were tied 71-71 when Colorado State's Braden Koelliker hit a wild jumper from the elbow off a broken play to give the visitors the 73-71 lead with 4.1 seconds to play. After calling timeout, the Broncos responded with an inbound play that saw Hutchison receive the pass with almost the length of the floor to cover. He then dribbled his way to the top of the key and launched a three over Gian Cavell, banking home the game winner that brought the crowd of 5,413 in Taco Bell Arena to their feet.

Hutchison led the way for the Blue and Orange with 20 points and 11 rebounds, giving him his fifth double-double of the season. He also is just the third Bronco in school history to have five 20-point, 10-rebound games in a season. Hutchison will have at least 16 more games this season to tie or move past Reggie Larry's school record nine 20 and 10 games from the 2007-08 season.

Paris Austin scored 18 points and Justinian Jessup also reached double figures with 11 of his own. The Broncos grinded out the win by outscoring the Rams 32-16 in points in the paint and also in points off turnovers (20-6).

"The team stepped up," head coach Leon Rice said. "You're not going to play the best game every night, we are going to be in some battles. We have had some great battles with Colorado State, our guys hung in and didn't give up. The guys allow us to coach them, they are developing toughness that I love."

Colorado State's Emmanuel Omogbo and Cavell both scored 22 points apiece, giving Cavell a new season high and Omogbo a career-high night.

The Broncos' thrilling night started off rocky, however, as the home team trailed Colorado State 32-25 at the half. Boise State shot just 26 percent from the field (7-of-27) and eight percent (1-of-13) from three in the opening frame. They also went just 10-of-21 (48 percent) from the charity stripe in the first half, but eventually finished the game 17-of-30 after improving and going 7-of-9 in the second half.

Despite the halftime deficit, the Broncos dug in and eventually regained the lead 42-41 with 14:35 remaining in the game. Jessup scored nine of his 11 points over that stretch to swing the momentum, but Colorado State took back control and saw their lead eventually grow to seven (57-50) at the 9:54 mark.

Boise State's knack for hanging in over the course of the game was exemplified through energy plays from the likes of Robin Jorch and Zach Haney, both of which drew several offensive fouls and snagged enough key offensive rebounds to keep the Broncos in the game.

Trailing 69-63 with 4:04 to play, the Broncos came up with a number of key defensive stops and Hutchison took over, scoring 10 of Boise State's last 11 points.

"It's phenomenal, I'm not sure if I've seen a guy improve like him," Rice said on Hutchison. "It's not easy, he made some big plays at the end and you can't ask for more. But we will keep asking for more. He's a leader and an example of what hard work can do."

Boise State will play again at 8 p.m. (PT) on Jan. 4 at UNLV. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.


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