Boise State Wins in Quadruple Overtime
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Boise State men’s basketball team defeated San Jose State 102-101 in the first quadruple overtime game in school history Thursday at The Event Center.
Senior guard La’Shard Anderson was one of five Broncos to score in double figures, notching a career-high 31 points.
Boise State improved to 10-5 overall, and is 3-0 in the Western Athletic Conference for just the second time since joining the league prior to the 2001-02 season. SJSU dropped to 8-6 overall and 0-3 in conference play.
With the Broncos trailing by one (101-100) with 35 seconds remaining in the fourth overtime period, Anderson hit two free throws to put the Broncos in the lead and recorded a steal on the ensuing possession to clinch the victory.
After leading by as many as 16 points in the second half, the Broncos struggled from the free throw line in the waning minutes of regulation, and the Spartans’ Justin Graham sent the teams into overtime with a 3-pointer with less than three seconds remaining.
But the game was far from over.
Westly Perryman went 1-of-2 from the line with 24.6 seconds left in the first overtime, tying the game at 80 and sending Boise State and San Jose State to a second.
Then, in the second overtime, the Spartans’ Calvin Douglas nailed a 3-pointer with three seconds left, tying the game at 90. Thomas Bropleh’s heave as time expired bounced off the front of the rim, and the teams would play another five minutes.
Douglas nailed another 3-pointer in the third overtime – this time with 37 seconds left on the clock – and the teams were tied again at 98. A 3-pointer from Anderson as time expired was reviewed, ultimately being ruled a shot clock violation.
The teams would play five more minutes, with Anderson’s heroics sealing the victory.
San Jose State was able to inch back into the game even after Adrian Oliver, the conference’s leading scorer, fouled out with less than four minutes left in regulation. The Broncos’ troubles primarily took place at the free throw line, as Boise State converted just 4-of-10 in the final two minutes of regulation.
The Spartans led 24-23 with 5:40 remaining in the first half before Arnold went on a scoring run, pushing the Broncos ahead by seven (35-28). Arnold registered eight points – including six-straight – in the midst of a 10-2 stretch for Boise State.
Arnold finished with 14 first-half points, as the Broncos entered halftime with a 37-32 edge.
In addition to the game-high 31 points from Anderson, Paul Noonan scored 20 points, Arnold added 16, Tre Nichols chipped in 14 and Daequon Montreal scored 10.
Boise State closes out its first conference road trip at Hawaii, Saturday.
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