BOISE, Idaho In the end, Boise State just dug to big a hole. The Broncos rallied from 15 point deficits in both the first and second half but couldn’t finish the comeback losing 73-69 to New Mexico State in Western Athletic Conference play at Taco Bell Arena on Saturday night.
New Mexico State (14-3, 4-0 WAC) jumped to an early 25-10 lead behind a dominating performance on the offensive boards, but Boise State (8-7, 2-2 WAC) battled back and trialed by just six at the half.
The second half mirrored the first half with the Aggies outscoring the Broncos 13-4 to start the half to build the lead back to 15 points. But once again Boise State staged a comeback getting as close as one, 68-67, with 25 seconds to play.
The Aggies, who were shooting just 65 percent from the free throw line coming into the game, sealed the game making 7-of-8 free throws in the last 33 seconds. Boise State had a chance to tie with 17 seconds left to play but Eric Lane missed a long 3-pointer.
Boise State was led by Reggie Larry with 19 points and eight rebounds. Coby Karl added 14 points and six assists, but made just 3-of-12 shots. Lane scored 13 points while making just 1-of-6 from 3-point range.
New Mexico State grabbed 18 offensive rebounds which led to eight more field goal attempts. Elijah Ingram led the Aggies with 15 points, while Hatila Passos had 13 points and 12 rebounds.
The Broncos saw their eight game winning streak in Taco Bell Arena snapped, while New Mexico State won its 13th straight game after starting the season 1-3.