Aztecs Escape Broncos for 58-56 Victory
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – For the second time in the last three games, the Boise State men’s basketball team had a ranked opponent in its site. Unfortunately for the Broncos, for the second time, their foe escaped with a win.

After taking No. 12 UNLV to overtime last week, No. 17 San Diego State escaped with a 58-56 victory Wednesday at Viejas Arena.

Freshman guard Anthony Drmic and senior guard Tre’ Nichols each scored 17 points to lead Boise State (10-11, 0-6 MW), and freshman guard Derrick Marks chipped in 12.

The Aztecs (19-3, 5-1 MW) erased a 12-point second-half deficit by scoring 14-straight, while holding the Broncos scoreless for more than nine minutes. The Aztecs took a 39-37 lead with 10-minutes, 27-seconds remaining in the game – their first since leading 10-9 in the first period (12:35).

SDSU was able to build its lead to seven, but the Broncos wouldn’t let the Aztecs go without a fight.

Boise State clawed back to within a single point three different times within the game’s final 30 seconds, but ultimately ran out of time. A 3-point attempt from Thomas Bropleh went in and out as time expired, and SDSU escaped with a win.

The Broncos had put together one of their best halves since the start of conference play in the opening period, taking a 33-25 lead into halftime. Boise State did it at both ends of the floor, going 12-of-26 overall (.462) and 6-of-15 from the 3-point line (.400). At the other end, the Broncos held the Aztecs to 30.4 percent shooting (7-of-23), including a 3-for-11 mark from the 3-point line (.273).

Nichols scored 11 points in the midst of a 14-0 run that put the Broncos up 17-10, and then Drmic kept the Broncos in the lead with 13 first-half points. Boise State had held SDSU scoreless for nearly seven minutes during the run, and without a field goal for nearly eight.

The Broncos finished the game going 21-of-51 from the floor (.412) and 7-of-22 from beyond the arc (.318), but were just 7-of-16 from the free throw line.

Boise State returns to Taco Bell Arena to host New Mexico, Saturday. Tip-off against the Lobos is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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