Bronco Men Knock Off In-State Rival Idaho State

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -Coby Karl scored 14 points and had six rebounds as Boise State defeated Idaho State 54-45 on Saturday in a non-conference game.

Karl, playing in front of his dad, Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, hit a 3-pointer in the final minutes to give the Broncos the lead and later a pair of free throws to help hold off Idaho State down the stretch.

Eric Lane added 13 points for the Broncos (6-5), who remain undefeated at home.

Abdul-Ahab Akbar scored 14 points for the Bengals (5-8), and David Schroeder added 11.

It was Boise State's first game in 11 days, and Idaho State's first in nine days, and both teams struggled to make shots early. Boise State found the range first, closing out the final 9:09 of the first half with an 18-2 run that gave the Broncos a 31-18 lead at the break.

Boise State appeared to be cruising to an easy win in the second half until Reggie Miller was called for a foul and Kenny Wilson was hit with a technical foul a few moments later.

Akbar converted both technical foul shots, and Matt Stucki made one of his to cut the lead to 39-30.

The Broncos then didn't score for nearly six minutes. With about five minutes left, the Bengals took the lead, 41-40, with Schroeder's 3-pointer. Logan Kinghorn hit a fade-away jumper to put Idaho State ahead 43-40 with 4:07 remaining.

But Matt Nelson completed a 3-point play and then Karl hit a 3-pointer - his fourth of the game- with 1:55 remaining to put Boise State back in front 46-43.

Then Matt Bauscher stole the ball and made a layup, stretching the lead to 48-43, and the Broncos hit their foul shots in the final minute to clinch the win.

Boise State shot 33 percent for the game, but Idaho State was even worse at 25 percent. The Broncos made eight of 31 3-point tries, while the Bengals made seven of 21 attempts.

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