San Diego, an 18-17 team last season, broke out on top early 19-13, but the Broncos chipped away at the lead and owned a 35-33 halftime advantage. Boise State caught fire in the second half, opening up a double-digit lead (62-51 with 9:52 left), but poor free throw shooting down the stretch (3-11 until Montigo Alford's two free throws with 17 seconds remaining) made it a close game.
The Toreros cut the lead to 79-75 on a three-pointer from Johnny Dee with 19 seconds left, and had an open look after Joe Hanstad missed two free throws. But Alford came from behind to reject the shot, then calmly sank both charity shots for the game's final points.
The opener of the LMU Classic, played at the home of Loyola Marymount of the West Coast Conference, drew just over 50 fans. There were more fouls than fans, as 63 of them were whistled, 33 on San Diego and 30 on the Broncos. The sensitive referees made bench strength a key factor, and Boise State dominated there, scoring 34 points to 12 for their Torero counterparts.
Drmic got good support from guard Mikey Thompson and forward David Wacker, each with 12 points, while Robert Heyer and Montigo Alford each scored 10 points and Kevin Allen had 9. Drmic also led Boise State with 9 rebounds.
Sharpshooting guard Johnny Dee led San Diego with 25 points, including four treys, while Christopher Anderson had 14 points, and Thomas Jacobson added 10 points and 7 rebounds.
Drmic hit three three-pointers on the night to pass Eric Lane for fourth-place on the Bronco career list--Drmic now has 201. Drmic now has 1444 career points, just 41 shy of former NBA Draft pick Roberto Bergersen for fifth-place all-time at Boise State.
Boise State faces host Loyola Marymount tomorrow night at 6 p.m. Mountain Time.