Broncos Fall to Top-seeded Aztecs at Buzzer
NOTE: Photo courtesy of Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – For the second time in three games this season, Boise State and San Diego State came down to the final shot.

This time the ball was in the Aztecs’ possession, and Jamaal Franklin drained a 3-pointer as time expired, sending No. 18/21 SDSU to a 65-62 victory in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament Thursday at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Anthony Drmic led the Broncos (13-17) with 19 points and seven rebounds, and also added three assists and a steal.

Thomas Bropleh (11), Kenny Buckner (10) and Derrick Marks (10) also scored in double figures for Boise State.

Chase Tapley led the Aztecs (25-6) with 20 points, and Frankling finished with 19.

“I was really proud of the way our guys battled against the league champions,” Boise State head coach Leon Rice said. “The staff did a great job putting in a game plan. These guys, more importantly, did a great job of going out and executing it, executing the tempo we wanted, the offense we wanted, making some shots, just battling 'em, especially on the boards in that first half.”

Boise State led by as many as nine in the opening period before entering intermission with a 32-30 advantage. The Broncos were 14-of-27 (.519) from the floor in the half, including a 4-of-7 (.571) mark from the 3-point line.

The Aztecs scored the first six points of the second half, taking a four-point lead. SDSU extended their advantage to 11 with 6-minutes, 45-seconds remaining. But the Broncos came storming back.

Boise State mounted a 16-5 run next six-plus minutes, tying the game at 62. The Aztecs got the ball with 27 seconds left on the clock before calling timeout. Franklin heaved an off-balance three over two defenders, and the shot went in, clinching the win.

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