Broncos' Upset Bid of No. 12 UNLV Spoiled in Overtime
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Derrick Marks scored a career-high 21 points and Thomas Bropleh recorded his first double-double but Boise State could not pull off the upset of No. 12 UNLV, falling in overtime 77-72, Wednesday at Taco Bell Arena.
Mike Moser had 18 points and 21 rebounds to secure the road victory for the Runnin' Rebels (19-3, 3-1 Mountain West). Chace Stanback added 15 points and Oscar Bellfield had 13 for UNLV in a game that was close throughout the second half.
Boise State (10-9, 0-4) rallied late in the second half and had a chance in the final seconds, but couldn't get off a clean shot before the buzzer.
Marks, a freshman, led all scorers and Bropleh added 17 points and 13 rebounds.
With the score tied at 64 at the end of regulation, Moser and Bellfield led the way in the extra period dominated by the Rebels. Bellfield hit a 3-pointer early, putting the Rebels up 70-65 with 2:03 left, and Moser sank a pair of free throws in the final minute to seal UNLV's third-straight victory.
Boise State briefly grabbed the lead when Bropleh hit a 3-pointer and was fouled. He followed by hitting the free throw to give the Broncos a 33-31 edge with 17:50 left.
Then Moser took over, hitting three 3-pointers over the next 3 minutes, the last one putting the Rebels up 43-39. Kendall Wallace hit a 3 on the next Rebels possession and Bellfield followed moments later with a fast-break layup to put UNLV in front 48-39 with 12:51 to go.
But the Broncos refused to quit. A stingy defense and an offense sparked by Tre' Nichols helped Boise State outscore the Rebels 13-6 over the next 5 minutes. Nichols scored nine points during a 5-minute span and his 3-pointer with 5:55 left put the Broncos up 56-55.
Bellfield hit a 3-pointer with 4:39 left to put the Rebels up 63-59 and Brice Massamba hit one of two free throws on the following possession to give the Rebels a 64-59 lead.
Boise State responded when Anthony Drmic hit a 3-pointer, and Marks sank both free throws with 59 seconds left to tie the game at 64. Both teams had shots in the final minute, but failed to convert.
UNLV jumped out early and lead 12-0, in part because the Broncos missed their first seven shots before Marks broke the drought with a short jumper at the 15:46 mark.
The Rebels maintained control for much of the first half and led 15-6 when Moser hit a baseline jumper with 11:43 left. But the Broncos settled down and started whittling away at the lead by playing tight defense and controlling the boards in the final seven minutes.
A baseline drive and dunk by Marks ignited the Boise State offense, culminating in its first lead of the game at 27-26 a jumper by the Bronco freshman with 43 seconds left in the half. UNLV responded when Justin Hawkins hit a 3-pointer with 8 seconds left before halftime to give the Rebels a 29-27 lead.
Both teams shot poorly in the first half. UNLV shot 31.4 percent, while Boise State wasn't much better at 32.4 percent, and just 15.4 percent from behind the 3-point arc.
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