Boise State Takes Down Fresno State in Overtime
Feb. 14, 2015
Bronco Rewind: The Boise State Broncos defeated the conference leading Fresno State Bulldogs 75-66 Saturday at Taco Bell Arena. Miquelle Askew led the Broncos to the win with 23 points including a basket to take the lead with 14 seconds remaining in the game forcing the game to overtime. Final Stats | Photo Gallery
BOISE, Idaho - Boise State rallied from seven down in the second half to defeat Mountain West leader Fresno State 75-66 in overtime at Taco Bell Arena Saturday afternoon in Boise. Miquelle Askew led four Broncos in double figure scoring with a season-high 23 points including five in overtime. The victory over the Bulldogs improved the Broncos to 16-7 overall and 8-4 in league play, while Fresno State goes to 9-3 in conference play and 17-6 overall.
Down seven 43-36 with 8:50 to play, Boise State rallied with a 14-3 run to take a 50-46 lead with 3:45 left in regulation. Fresno State responded by taking a three-point 56-53 lead on a Toni Smith jumper with 1:20 to go.
The Broncos regrouped and rallied again on back-to-back layups by Askew to go up 57-56 with 16 seconds left. The Bulldogs had a chance to win the game in regulation when Moriah Faulk went to the free-throw line for two shots with four seconds left. She made the first and missed the second as the Broncos grabbed the rebound to preserve a tie and force overtime.
Boise State came out fast to start the extra period with Askew scoring on a layup and drew a foul 11 seconds in. The junior from South Jordan, Utah, hit the free throw converting on an old fashion three-point play to give the Broncos the early lead. Boise State opened overtime on a 7-0 run and held a 64-57 lead with 3:33 left.
Fresno State came back with a 4-0 run to close within 64-61 with 2:55 on the clock, but that was as close as they would get. The Broncos would hold off the Bulldogs from the free-throw line as they went 14-of-19 from the stripe and took a game-high 10-point lead at 73-63 with 33 seconds left. The win snapped an 11-game losing streak to Fresno State for the Broncos and handed the Bulldogs their third-consecutive loss.
It was a classic basketball game as the two rivals went at each other with everything they had. It was also the second straight time the two went to overtime in Boise with the Bulldogs defeating the Broncos last year 78-72, which was the last time they met.
In a game featuring the Mountain West's top offense in Boise State averaging 74.9 points per game in league play and the top defense in Fresno State who was holding conference opponents to 54.5 points per game, it was the offense that won round one. Boise State is only the second team all year to shoot 50 percent from the floor against the Bulldogs as the Broncos went 22-of-44.
Fresno State did a good job shutting down Boise State's 3-point game which was ranked ninth nationally entering the game holding the Blue and Orange to 3-of-11 from the arc. But the Broncos went inside instead to their post game where Askew was on fire. Askew scored 14 points in the first half which finished in a 22-22 draw. The junior post was perfect from the floor on the day going 9-of-9 in field goal attempts and added 5-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line on her way to team-high scoring honors. She also tied for the high on the glass with six rebounds and had two steals in 36 minutes.
Brooke Pahukoa and Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego each added 14 points, while Deanna Weaver had 10. Pahukoa tied Askew in rebounding with a career-tying six, along with one assist and three steals. Rodriguez Ortego went 7-of-10 from the free-throw line for most of her scoring and recorded three assists, her first career block - which came in the overtime - and two steals. Weaver scored eight of her 10 points in overtime powered by 6-of-10 free throw shooting. She finished the day with three rebounds and team-highs for assists and steals with four each.
The Broncos finished the game going 28-of-41 from the free-throw line, a season high in both makes and attempts. In a game that saw a combined 48 turnovers, 23 by the Broncos, Boise State held a 24-to-18 edge in points off turnovers. Fresno State had a slim 32-to-30 advantage in the paint and a 19-to-14 edge in bench points. This was only the third time this season that the Broncos' bench has been outscored and the first time they won.
Fresno State shot 37 percent (24-of-65) from the floor, 25 percent (7-of-28) from the arc and 61 percent (11-of-18) from the charity stripe. The Bulldogs out rebounded the Broncos 41-to-35. Toni Smith led four Bulldogs in double digit points with 19 and tied for the team-high on the glass with eight rebounds. Alex Furr added 14 points, Moriah Faulk had 12 and Raven Fox 10.
The first half was a tight battle that went back and forth with three ties and two lead changes. Boise State opened with Miquelle Askew scoring the first eight points for the Broncos spotting them a early 8-2 lead four minutes into the contest.
Up 11-9, Boise State watched the Bulldogs rally with an 8-0 run to take a 17-11 lead with eight minutes to play. Boise State regrouped as Brooke Pahukoa (5) and Askew (6) teamed up and rolled off an 11-0 Bronco run to go up 22-17 with just over two minutes to play in the period.
The final run belonged to Fresno State who finished the half on a 5-0 streak which included a 3-pointer with nine seconds left to tie the score at 22 heading into the break and set the tone for the second half.
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