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Aussie Connection Combines for 40 Points in 81-71 Win by the Boise State Broncos Over The Portland Pilots

Australians Anthony Drmic and Nick Duncan scored 40 of Boise State's 81 points in win over Portland.

PORTLAND, Oregon--The Boise State basketball team spotted Portland an early eight-point lead, then rebounded to score their first road win of the season in an 81-71 victory last night.  Known for their offense, the Broncos won it down the stretch with defense, holding the Pilots without a field goal for the last 4:09 and outscoring them 12-2 in the final 3:52.

Anthony Drmic and Nick Duncan combined for 40 of Boise State's 81 points as the Broncos advanced to 5-4 on the season.  Drmic finished with a season-high 24 points and added a season-high seven rebounds.  Drmic, who has scored 20 or more points four times this season and 34 times in his career, passed Colorado State's Matt Nelson (2001-05) for ninth place all-time in career scoring in the Mountain West Conference.  Drmic now has 1,649 points to Nelson's 1,637.  

Boise State, which lost its only other road game at Montana, had trouble with the quickness of the Pilots, especially in the early going, as Portland (4-5) built a 17-7 lead on a three-pointer by Alec Wintering followed on the next possession by a Wintering jumper.

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But Bronco coach Leon Rice has built his team into one that can score in bunches, and that they did, as Boise State netted 14 points on its next four possessions--two three-pointers from Drmic, one from Duncan and another from point guard Montigo Alford--and a jumper from Drmic, and the Broncos quickly had it tied up at 21.

Boise State, however, then went cold, going over three minutes without a point as Portland built the lead back up to 30-22.  Once again, the Broncos came back, as senior Mikey Thompson hit four points and Chandler Hutchison scored on back-to-back tip-ins to cut the lead to 32-30.  Another Hutchison basket finally tied it at 32, and Boise State grabbed their first lead at 37-36 on a three-pointer from Lonnie Jackson.

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Jackson's traditional three-point play gave the Broncos a 40-36 lead that they extended to six when Duncan hit two free throws.  But Wintering and Jarrel Marshall hit back-to-back baskets to finish the first half down 43-40.  

The Pilots came out of the locker room in much the same way that they started the game, and Bryce Pressley's consecutive three-pointers gave Portland a 46-43 lead.  Boise State responded as James Webb III tipped in a missed shot and Thompson and Drmic made consecutive three-pointers to start a 17-2 Bronco run.  Duncan's three-pointer gave Boise State a 60-48 lead, and two straight Duncan layups kept the Pilots at bay, 64-56.  

But scrappy Portland wouldn't go away, with Wintering and Jazz Johnson driving for layups to cut the lead to 64-60 with 8:04 remaining.  Jackson found Drmic alone in the corner for another three-pointer and a 67-60 lead, but Wintering was red-hot, connecting on a jumper and another three-pointer.  The Pilots were within two at 67-65 with 5:51 left, and when Webb missed a layup, Wintering came down the floor and hit another basket to tie the score.

Drmic's free throw and a layup put Boise State ahead 72-69, and that's when the Pilot magic went cold.  Wintering's two turnovers and cold Portland shooting propelled the Broncos to victory.  Boise State was trading turnovers and missed shots until the final 1:25, when Duncan sank both free throws and Drmic hit four free throws in two trips to the foul line to build the lead to 79-69 with 28 seconds left.  Free throws from Portland's Wintering and Boise State's Jackson provided the final margin.

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Drmic's seven field goals gave him 532 for his Bronco career, and put him just three shy of Roberto Bergersen (1996-99) for sixth all-time and eight short of Chris Childs (1985-89) for fifth.  Drmic is now fourth in career field goal attempts with 1,225 (see charts at conclusion of article.)

Although it was a quiet night for Webb offensively (five points and 1-5 from the foul line), he dominated the glass with 14 rebounds, his fifth game this season with double figure rebounds.  Thompson added 14 points, while Jackson scored 11 points, his first game in double figures against a Division I opponent since March 1, 2014 vs. Wake Forest when Jackson was a junior at Boston College.  Hutchison was 4-5 from the field for eight points and four rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench for the Broncos.

Boise State turned to their bread and butter often, hitting 10 three-pointers for the sixth time this season.  This time, though, they achieved it on 34 attempts (29.4 percent) to tie the school record for three-point attempts in a game.

Wintering scored 26 points to lead Portland.

Boise State, which is now 85-17 under Rice when scoring 70 or more points, opens a five-game home stand Wednesday night against Loyola Marymount.

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Career Field Goals:

1.    771 Steve Connor (1974-1978)

2.    676 Tanoka Beard (1989-1993)

3.    669 Derrick Marks (2011-2015)

4.    549 Abe Jackson (1998-2002)

5.    540 Chris Childs (1985-1989)

6.    535 Roberto Bergersen (1996-1999)

7.    532 Anthony Drmic (2011-current)

8.    517 Ron Austin (1968-1971)

9.    500 Coby Karl (2003-2007)

10.  489 Vince Hinchen (1981-1984)

11.  445 Pat Hoke (1972-1976)

12.  439 John Coker (1991-1995)

13.  414 Reggie Larry (2006-2008)

14.  409 Ryan Watkins (2010-2014)

15.  406 Danny Jones (1975-1978)

16.  386 Ron Austin (1968-1971)

17.  373 Eric Lane (2003-2007)

18.  360 Trent Johnson (1975-1978)

19.  359 Arnell Jones (1986-1988)

Career Field Goals Attempted:

1.    1,718 Steve Connor (1974-1978)

2.    1,417 Derrick Marks (2011-2015)

3.    1,318 Abe Jackson 1998-2002)

4.    1,225 Anthony Drmic (2011-current)

5.    1,219 Chris Childs 1985-1989

6.    1,211 Coby Karl 2003-2007

7.    1,151 Tanoka Beard 2000-2001

8.    1,098 Roberto Bergersen 1996-1999

9.    1,059 Vince Hinchen 1981-1984

10.     962 Eric Lane 2003-2007

11.     940 Trent Johnson 1974-1978

12.     917 Pat Hoke 1972-1976

13.     902 Booker Nabors (2000-2004)

14.     887 Gerry Washington

15.     840 Bryan Defares (2000-2004)

16.     812 J.D. Huleen (1993-1997)

17.     808 Anthony Thomas (2006-2010)

18.     807 Paul Noonan (2007-2011)

19.     805 Jason Ellis (2001-2005)

19.     805 Reggie Larry (2006-2008)

21.     797 John Coker (1991-1995)

21.     797 Greg Bunn (1970-1973)

23.     759 Jermaine Blackburn (2003-2005)

24.     750 Clyde Dickey (1972-1974)

25.     744 Mike Tolman (1992-1993, 1995-1998)

Career Free Throws Attempted:

1.    833 Tanoka Beard (1989-1993)

2.    580 Derrick Marks (2011-2015)

3.    549 Coby Karl (2003-2007)

4.    486 Steve Connor (1974-1978)

5.    443 Greg Bunn (1970-1973)

6.    439 Chris Childs (1985-1989)

7.    431 Anthony Drmic (2011-current) 

8.    428 Bryan Defares (2000-2004)

9.    410 Gerry Washington (1995-1999)

10.  407 Danny Jones (1975-1978)

11.  397 Abe Jackson (1998-2002)

12.  384 Arnell Jones (1986-1988)

13.  363 Pat Hoke (1972-1976)

14.  359 Vince Hinchen (1981-1984)

15.  346 Ron Austin (1968-1971)

Games Started:

1.    118 Chris Childs (1985-1989)

2.    111 Coby Karl (2003-2007)

2.    111 Jason Ellis (2003-2007)

4.    108 Steve Connor (1974-1978)

4.    108 Trent Johnson (1974-1978)

5.    107 Derrick Marks (2011-2015)

6.    106 Tanoka Beard (1989-1993)

8.    105 Joe Skiffer (1999-2004)

9.    104 Ryan Watkins (2010-2014)

9  .  104 Anthony Drmic (2011-current)

11.  101 Gerry Washington (1995-1999)

12.    95 Anthony Thomas (2006-2010)

13.    94 Abe Jackson (1998-2002)

14.    87 Bruce Bolden (1981-1985)

15.    84 Roberto Bergersen (1996-1999)


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