Boise State Broncos Win Ugly Over Loyola Marymount Lions 67-66

It wasn't impressive, but the Broncos got the "W".

BOISE, Idaho--Mikey Thompson's three-point play with 12.7 seconds left lifted cold-shooting Boise State to a badly-needed 67-66 win over Loyola Marymount tonight.

The Broncos, now 6-4, trailed 66-62 late, but was able to pull out the win despite shooting a frigid 33 percent in the second half.  

Boise State came out strong, opening a 20-14 lead on a Lonnie Jackson three-pointer with 11:36 remaining in the opening half.  But the Lions went on a 15-4 run over the next six minutes and led 29-24.  Three-pointers by Jackson and Montigo Alford gave the Broncos 34-33 lead with 1:49 left and Coach Leon Rice's team went into the locker room up 37-36.

LMU led for most of the second half, opening up their largest lead, 49-42, on a layup from Shamar Johnson.  A layup from Brandon Brown with 5:55 remaining gave Loyola a 59-55 lead.  But James Webb III scored on a layup, two free throws, and a three-pointer from the corner on consecutive possessions to give the Broncos a 62-59 lead with 3:10 left.  

But Steven Haney responded in kind with a trey of his own to tie it, and Johnson put the Lions ahead on two free throws after the fifth foul on Boise State's Nick Duncan with 2:04 left.

Things looked bleak for the Broncos after Haney's offensive rebound and putback for a 66-62 Lion lead with 1:47 remaining.  But Alford was fouled at the top of the key by Haney, and calmly sank both free throws with 52 seconds left.  Tough baseline defense by Boise State's Anthony Drmic led to a turnover by Brown and with 38 seconds remaining, the Broncos had their shot, allowing Thompson to work his magic.

Webb caught fire in time to net 17 points to go with 10 rebounds, while Drmic, Duncan, Jackson and Alford each had 10 for the Broncos.  Boise State finished the game shooting 40.4 percent from the field (19-47).

Drmic (1,659 career points) is one point shy of fifth all-time, which belongs to Abe Jackson, who scored 1,660 from 1998-01.  Drmic also pulled down his 500th career rebound tonight, and is one steal shy of 100 for his career.  With one more steal, Drmic will join Coby Karl as the only Broncos to record 1,500 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals in their careers.  Only two Mountain West players have achieved all of those numbers--Lee Cummard of BYU (2005-09) and UNLV's Wink Adams (2005-09).

Drmic passed Greg Bunn (1970-1973) for sixth all-time in career free throws, sinking 2-of-3 tonight.

Brandon Brown paced Loyola (5-4) with 19 points.  Brown's three-point try in the final second of play just missed the mark.  Steven Haney had 16 points for the Lions, while forward Adom Jacko had 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds before fouling out.  LMU, one of the nation's top 20 free-throw shooting teams, shot just seven tonight compared to 29 for Boise State.

The Broncos host #23 Oregon Saturday night in Taco Bell Arena.

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Career Points:

1.    1,944 Tanoka Beard (1989-1993)

2.    1,927 Steve Connor (1974-1978)

3.    1,872 Derrick Marks (2011-2014)

4.    1,698 Coby Karl (2003-2007)

5.    1,660 Abe Jackson 1988-1992)

6.    1,659 Anthony Drmic (2011-current)

7.    1,602 Chris Childs (1985-1989)

8.    1,485 Roberto Bergersen (1996-1999)

9.    1,386 Ron Austin (1968-1971)

10.  1,243 Vince Hinchen (1981-1984)

11.  1,210 Gerry Washington (1995-1999)

12.  1,115 Pat Hoke (1972-1976)

13.  1,155 Trent Johnson (1974-1978)

14.  1,126 John Coker (1991-1995)

15.  1,098 Reggie Larry (2007-2008)

16.  1,092 Paul Noonan (2007-2011)

17.  1,090 Danny Jones (1974-1978)

18.  1,087 Bryan Defares (2000-2004)

19.  1,074 Eric Lane (2003-2007)

20.  1,067 Ron Austin (1969-1971)

21.  1,032 Greg Bunn (1970-1973)

22.  1,025 Booker Nabors (2000-2004)

23.  1,022 La'Shard Anderson (2008-2011)

24.  1,005 Anthony Thomas (2006-2010)

25.  1,004 Jason Ellis (2001-2005)

Career Free Throws:

1.    592 Tanoka Beard (1989-1993)

2.    458 Derrick Marks (2011-2015)

3.    432 Coby Karl (2003-2007)

4.    385 Steve Connor (1974-1978)

4.    359 Chris Childs (1985-1989)

5.    352 Ron Austin (1968-1971)

6.    347 Anthony Drmic (2011-current) 

7.    346 Greg Bunn (1970-1973)

8.    322 Gerry Washington (1995-1999)

8.    319 Abe Jackson (1998-2002)

10.  313 Bryan Defares (2000-2004)

11.  275 Pat Hoke (1972-1976)

12.  265 Vince Hinchen (1981-1984)

13.  257 Danny Jones (1974-1978)

14.  249 Arnell Jones (1986-1988)


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