Late Three Lifts Utes Over Broncos

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Daequon Montreal scored a career-high 28 points, but a 3-pointer from Utah's Will Clyburn with 10 seconds remaining gave Utah an 86-84 victory over Boise State Friday, at the Jon M. Huntsman Center.

Robert Arnold added 16 points and Ryan Watkins chipped in 10 points and tied Montreal for the team-high with eight rebounds.

Utah built a nine-point lead in the game's opening minutes, but Montreal scored nine of his 19 first-half points in the midst of a 27-8 Bronco run as Boise State went up by double figures.

The Broncos were able to take control of the half by taking care of the ball - the team had just one turnover at intermission - and improved shooting from the 3-point line. During the Broncos' 6-0 start, the team shot 39 percent from beyond the arc, compared to 23.4 percent in the previous three games - all losses. Boise State was 4-of-8 in the opening stanza.

The Broncos pushed their lead to 16 in the second half, but the Utes put together multiple runs, pulling within one (82-81) with a minute and a half left in the game. A pair of free throws from Utah's Josh Watkins with 30 seconds left gave the Utes an 83-82 lead, but La'Shard Anderson went back down the floor and hit a running lay-up to put the Broncos back in the lead.

Clyburn nailed a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining, providing the final 86-84 margin.

The Broncos return home to face Texas-Pan American Sunday at 7:05 p.m.

--broncosports.com--