Broncos Survive Against San Jose State

Boise State's basketball team put in extra work last night in San Jose, recording a 102-101 win in four overtimes over San Jose State.

A regular 40-minute game wasn't enough to decide Boise State 's first conference road contest.  The Broncos escaped with a 102-101 win over San Jose State in four overtimes, the first quadruple overtime game in school history.

Boise State rolled the dice again as they had in a December game with Utah , when they let a 16-point lead slip away and lost.  This time, Coach Leon Rice's team prevailed.  Once again, the Broncos had a 16-point lead in the second half, and the lead was 10 with 5 minutes remaining.  Little by little, the Spartans chipped away at the lead.  Even after a Graham 3-pointer, Boise State still held a 72-69 lead with 50 seconds remaining.  La'Shard Anderson managed just one of two free throws and San Jose State gladly traded 3-1 when Wil Carter canned another 3-pointer to make it a one-point game. 

Boise State 's Paul Noonan followed with a rare miss from the line and San Jose State promptly tied the game.    

"It was physical and mentally draining," Anderson said. "I could feel my body giving out. I was cramping since the second half."

It will be even more challenging for Boise State tomorrow night.  The Broncos have to make the long trip to Hawai'i , one of the tougher road trips in the Western Athletic Conference.  San Jose State has the luxury of resting up in their own beds before Idaho comes to town for another home game. 

Anderson had hit an apparent game-winning trey in the third overtime, but WAC officials reversed the call, saying time had expired.  Anderson, who finished with a career-high 31 points, hit two free throws with 35 seconds left in the fourth overtime that proved to be the difference.   Noonan added 20 points and nine rebounds, Robert Arnold had 16 points and Tre Nichols contributed 14 for the Broncos, who moved to 3-0 in the WAC and 10-5 overall.  

Calvin Douglas scored a season-high 19 points for the Spartans. Douglas hit game-tying 3-pointers in each of the last three overtime periods. Adrian Oliver, the WAC's scoring leader, chipped in with 21 points for the Spartans before fouling out in the final three minutes of regulation while Carter finished with 13 for San Jose State .


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