BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Derrick Marks dribbled the length of the court for the winning basket with less than a second remaining to give Boise State a dramatic 70-69 victory over Colorado State on Wednesday night at Taco Bell Arena.
Marks sped up the court, split two Colorado State defenders and kissed the ball off the glass to give the Broncos (12-12, 2-7 Mountain West) their second-consecutive victory.
Colorado State's Wes Eikmeierled all scorers with 30 points, including 21 in the second half. The Rams (15-9, 4-5), lost their eighth-straight conference road game dating back to last season.
Kenny Buckner scored a career-best 20 points for Boise State on 10-of-12 shooting and led the team with four rebounds. Anthony Drmic added 10 points and Tre' Nichols dished out a career-high six assists.
The second half saw nine ties and eight lead changes. The Broncos looked to have gained control with 4:42 remaining after a Drew Wiley 3-pointer gave them a 64-56 lead, but Colorado State rallied with 11-consecutive points to take a 67-64 lead. Buckner scored the next four Bronco points, with a Colorado State jumper in between to make the score 69-68 in favor of the Rams with 42 seconds left.
The Broncos clamped down on defense and forced a shot-clock violation to get the ball back with 6.8 seconds left and set up Marks' heroics.
Colorado State led 4-3 less than three minutes into the game, but Boise State took the lead and used a 12-4 during a three-and-a-half-minute stretch to extend the lead to 22-11 with 9:18 to play before the half.
The Rams did not go into the break quietly, mounting a 7-2 spurt in the final 3:03 to cut the Broncos' advantage to 31-29 at halftime and setting the stage for the back-and-forth final 20 minutes.