MOSCOW, Idaho-La'Shard Anderson scored 12 of the final 16 points for Boise State as the Broncos fought back from a double-digit deficit to defeat in-state rival Idaho 70-67 Saturday night at Cowan Spectrum.
Boise State (12-7, 5-2) outscored the Vandals 24-15 in the final 10 minutes - and made 8-of-11 free throws in the final 5:12 - securing the biggest Bronco comeback of the season.
Anderson finished with a game-high 21 points. He was joined in double-figures by Ryan Watkins (11), Paul Noonan (11) and Daequon Montreal (10). Watkins' point total ties his career-high.
The Broncos went nearly eight minutes without a basket in the first half, allowing Idaho (12-7, 5-2) to put together a 13-0 run and jump out to a 12-point lead. Anderson and Montreal fueled a late surge to cut the margin to seven at intermission (33-26).
Zach Moritz scored four points in his first action since suffering an injury Jan. 8, at Hawai'i. It was a Moritz lay-up that gave the Broncos their first lead in more than 20 minutes at 43-42, but Idaho responded immediately with back-to-back dunks to bring the Cowan Spectrum back to life.
After the emotional swell passed, Anderson took charge and sealed the win for the Broncos.
Kyle Barone led Idaho with 15 points and eight rebounds.
Boise State continues its three-game road trip next week, traveling to face New Mexico State (Jan. 27) and Louisiana Tech (Jan. 29).