Broncos Fall on Buzzer Beater at USU
Feb. 4, 2017

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LOGAN, Utah - After Boise State had rallied from 12 points down in the fourth quarter to tie the score at 63 on three Brooke Pahukoa free throws, Utah State grabbed and offensive rebound then hit a desperation shot with one second left in regulation to defeat the Broncos 65-63 in Logan, Utah.

Boise State led for the first 29 minutes of the game, by as many as 13 in the second quarter and by 10 at halftime. But a devastating third quarter gave the momentum to the Aggies. Boise State scored two points and turned it over 12 times in the period to find itself down one 45-44 heading into the fourth.

“You’re not going to win many games with a third period like we had today turning it over 12 times and only scoring two points,” said head coach Gordy Presnell. “We have to learn from this and move forward. We still have seven games left and then the tournament.”

The Broncos continued to struggle getting their shots to fall early in the fourth as the Aggies stretched their advantage to 12 points at 59-47 with 3:53 remaining in the game.

Boise State came storming back to eventually tie the contest at 63 on Pahukoa’s three free throws with 15 seconds left only to lose it on a last second shot by Utah State.

The loss drops Boise State to 15-7 overall and 5-6 in Mountain West play. Next up for the Broncos is a bye this Wednesday before heading to Colorado next Saturday to face Air Force.

Riley Lupfer sparked the Broncos in the first half hitting four 3-pointers on her way to 14 points on 5-of-5 shooting from the floor. The freshman finished the game with a team-high 17 points as the Aggies closed in on her defensively in the second half.

Brooke Pahukoa finished the game with 12 points to record her 12th game in double-figure scoring on the year.

Boise State came out of the gates fired up as it scored the first four points of the contest on a Marike Vanderschaaf short jumper and a jumper by Brooke Pahukoa to go up 4-0 a minute and a half into the first quarter.

After Utah State came back to tied the score at six each, Boise State surged behind Lupfer who hit three triples in the final 4:30 of the first frame. The Broncos led by as many as nine in the first period before taking a six-point 23-17 advantage into the second quarter.

The Broncos led the entire way in the first half and by nine or more for the final five and a half minutes of the second period. Brooke Wheeler converted an old-fashion three-point play with 54 seconds left before half to give Boise State its largest lead of the first 20 minutes up 13 at 42-29.

Vanderschaaf went 4-of-6 from the floor in the first half and had nine points and team-high six rebounds at the half.

The Blue and Orange took a 10-point lead, 42-32.

The third quarter saw the floor fall out from beneath the Broncos as they committed 12 turnovers and scored two points in the period going 1-of-6 from the floor.

Utah State took advantage of Boise State’s miscues to rally taking its first lead with 34 seconds left in the third quarter at 45-44 on a Deja Mason layup.

Boise State facing its first deficit of the game entering the fourth saw USU stretch its advantage out to 12 points at 59-47 with 3:53 to go.

Having scored five points in the first 14:07 of the second half and facing a 12 point deficit, Boise State stormed back.

Brooke Pahukoa and Yaiza Rodriguez both hit treys on back-to-back possessions to close the deficit to five with 2:26 to play.

Down 63-60 with 32 seconds left, Boise State forced a Aggie turnover. Boise State drove down the floor where Brooke Pahukoa pulled up on the high left wing for a 3-pointer which missed but a foul was called on USU’s Rachel Brewster.

Pahukoa, the second best free throw shooter in school history, stepped to the line with 15 seconds remaining and nailed all three to tie the score at 63.

Utah State drove down the floor as time was running down, with three seconds on the clock Olivia West attempted a 3-pointer that missed. The offensive board went straight to Mason who heaved a shot from the elbow that was good to beat the buzzer and the Broncos 65-63.

Rodriguez finished the game with seven points, two rebounds, five assists and six steals to tie her career-high.

Jordan Woodvine had six points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 16 minutes.

Boise State shot 47.7 percent from the floor but only took 44 shots because of 25 turnovers in the game. The Broncos shot 50 percent (6-of-12) from the arc, but struggled from the free-throw line where they went 4-of-10 on the day.

Utah State finished the day shooting 49 percent from the floor, 29 percent (5-17) from beyond the arc and 80 percent (4-of-5) from the charity stripe. The Aggies outscored the Broncos 34-20 inside the paint. Rachel Brewster led Utah State with 19 points and was the only Aggie in double-digit points.


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