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 CollegeInsiders.com 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.
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