Brian Losness, USA Today Sports

Boise State Broncos Hold Off #23 Oregon Ducks 74-72

Boise State has a signature win this season, having knocked off the #23 Ducks.

BOISE, Idaho--#23 Oregon controlled the beginning and the end of the game, but Boise State won just enough of the middle to prevail 74-72 tonight at Taco Bell Arena.

Dillon Brooks had a chance to tie the score, but his last-second shot missed, and the Ducks lost for the second time in 10 days to a Mountain West team.

Oregon used 80 percent shooting (8-10) to grab a 22-11 lead.  But that dissipated quickly as Boise State forced the Ducks to go 0-11 and the Broncos went on a 13-0 run to lead 24-21 with 6:47 left in the half.

Boise State (7-4) kept the pressure up, with Nick Duncan firing in a three-pointer and sinking all three free throws after being fouled on his next attempt, and Zach Haney drilling a trey of his own.  The Broncos went into the locker room up 41-28.

With leading scorer James Webb III on the bench for a good portion of the second half with foul trouble, Duck eyes lit up.  But without Webb, coach Leon Rice's team kept their nationally-ranked opponent at bay for much of the second half, opening up a 67-50 lead with 6:49 remaining.  But five Bronco turnovers and four Duck 3-pointers in the final 4:44 pulled Oregon to within two.  Oregon closed out the game on a 21-9 run.

Senior Anthony Drmic scored 19 points to lead the Broncos to their fourth win all-time against nonconference Top 25 teams against three defeats.  

Drmic moved into fifth all-time in career scoring at Boise State, passing Abe Jackson (1998-02) with 1,678 career points.  Drmic is 256 points behind school record holder Tanoka Beard.  With six baskets tonight, Drmic also tied legendary Bronco guard Chris Childs (1985-1989) for fifth in career field goals with 540.

Webb had 12 points while Mikey Thompson had 11.  Duncan had nine points and five rebounds and Chandler Hutchison had eight points and seven rebounds, four of them offensive.  With 1:49 left, when a Bronco shot missed the rim, Hutchison corralled the rebound and put in what proved to be the winning basket with one second on the shot clock.  

Oregon's production was largely a two-man game, as Brooks scored 26 points and Elgin Cook had 22.  The Ducks fell to 7-2 with the loss.

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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.    1,678 Anthony Drmic (2011-current) 

6.    1,660 Abe Jackson 1988-1992)

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 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 Anthony Drmic (2011-current)

5.    540 Chris Childs (1985-1989)

7.    535 Roberto Bergersen (1996-1999)

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)


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