Boise State Stumbled Out Of The Gate In Quarterfinal Loss To CSU

Boise State once again struggled to score late in a contest, this time against Colorado State, and the Broncos succumbed to the Rams 88-81 in the Mountain West Conference tournament quarterfinals late Thursday night at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Despite 23 points from Aussie Junior Nick Duncan, the third-seeded Boise State saw their last chance for an NCAA tournament bid crumble at the hands of a tough Rams squad.

Colorado State - the No. 6 seed in the tournament - led by as many as 9 points, but Boise State was able to come back. It was a tight contest throughout, the difference coming from the 3-point line. The Rams shot just under 45 percent from beyond the arc, while the Broncos were at 29 percent, hitting just seven of their 29 attempts.

Thursday's game was a microcosm of the Broncos' season. They led 77-76 with 3:49 left in the contest, but were unable to close it out as they were outscored 12-5 by the Rams the rest of the way.

Colorado State's Antwon Scott poured in 23 points - including 8 straight to put the Rams (18-15) ahead for good late in the contest.

In addition to Duncan's 23 points, James Webb III had 15. 

Senior Anthony Drmic finished the night with 12 points, leaving him 3 points short of ascending to No. 1 on Boise State's all-time scoring list. He sits at 1,942 career points.

Despite the unimpressive ending to the tournament, and with Drmic on the precipice of rewriting the Bronco record books, Boise State (20-12) may be on the hunt for a spot in a postseason tournament. Director of athletics Curt Apsey has said the team won't pursue the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) or the Tournament (CIT), so the only remaining options are the unlikely National Invitation Tournament (NIT) or the Vegas 16 Tournament.

A decision likely will be made within the next few days. has been covering Boise State sports since 2002. You can keep up to date on the latest Boise State news by following publisher Kevin Hiatt @Kevin_Hiatt, and lead reporter Chase Glorfield @ChaseGlorfield on twitter, by liking and following our Facebook page at BoiseStateBroncosOnScout, and by keeping your browser on the BroncoCountry website and message board. If you're a recruit who wants to create, or update a profile, or if you just have Boise State recruiting information to share, email Kevin and Chase at

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