LAS VEGAS, NV – For the second time in three games this season, Boise State and San Diego State came down to the final shot.
After the Broncos missed a three at the buzzer against the Aztecs in a 58-56 loss back on January 21, this time San Diego State had the final shot. Tied at 62 with time winding down, the ball found the hands of Mountain West Conference Player of the Year Jamaal Franklin, who buried 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 on Thursday.
True freshman Anthony Drmic led the Broncos (13-17) with 19 points and seven rebounds, and also added three assists and a steal.
Sophomore Thomas Bropleh (11), junior Kenny Buckner (10) and true freshman Derrick Marks (10) also scored in double figures for Boise State.
Junior Chase Tapley led the Aztecs (25-6) with 20 points, and Franklin 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 first half before entering intermission with a 32-30 advantage. The Broncos were 14-of-27 (.519) from the floor over the first 20 minutes, 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 just under seven minutes remaining in the contest. 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.
The defeat marks the fourth time this season the Broncos have lost on the final shot of a game.