Boise State went ahead 27-25 on two Derrick Marks free throws 6 minutes and 37 seconds into the game, and Coach Leon Rice's team never looked back after that. Anthony Drmic hit three three-pointers and had 12 points as the Broncos carried a 43-36 lead into halftime.
The homestanding Rams wouldn't go away, though, yet every time they crept closer, Bropleh would nail a three-ball or a key jumper to stave off the Rams. Bropleh finished 7-9 from the field with four treys while Drmic finished with 19 points to lead the Broncos. Ryan Watkins had 12 rebounds and 9 points in another stellar effort. Jeff Elorriaga made his biggest contribution in weeks due to battling a back injury--he nailed three three-pointers for the Broncos.
Boise State shot an excellent 54.7%, especially since they were 13-22 from three-point range. The Rams stayed in the game with 16 offensive rebounds.
The Bronco win goes a long way in helping the team get to fifth place in the Mountain West. The top five teams in conference play receive a bye in the upcoming tournament in Las Vegas. Boise State is now 7-6 in the MWC and 17-9 overall, while CSU slipped to 5-9 and 14-13.
Drmic's seven field goals tonight moved him past former Bronco great John Coker for tenth place all-time in career field goals. Drmic now has 441, just four behind Pat Hoke (1972-1976).
Boise State hosts UNLV in an "Orange Out" in Taco Bell Arena. Fans are urged to wear Orange for the Saturday night game--tip is set for 6 p.m.