<p>Trailing by 2 with 3 seconds to go, Coby Karl stepped to the free-throw line and hit one but missed the second shot...</p><p>Enter Jermaine Blackburn, who picked up a ball deflected by Jason Ellis and put back the miss to put the Broncos up by 1 and the Broncos withstood a last second hail-mary by Nevada to win 73-72 in the Lawler Event Center.</p>

The Broncos, (who are peaking at precisely the right moment.. much like last season's NIT run), battling foul trouble, and being on WAC favorite Nevada's home court, put forth their best effort of the season for a second straight game to advance to the Semi-Finals of the WAC Tournament against Fresno State on Friday evening.

The Broncos were paced by Coby Karl with 18 points, Jermaine Blackburn had 16 points, and Eric Lane had 12 points after playing sparingly in the first half after injuring himself on a dunk. Seth Robinson chipped in 9 points and Jason Ellis, coming off a WAC Record-Setting game, had 7 points and 7 rebounds.

The Broncos shot 45% for the game, besting Nevada's 42%. Nevada also outrebounded the Broncos 43-37, but the Broncos outscored Nevada by 3 points in the paint, (35-32). Boise State also had 16 assists to Nevada's 13.

Boise State outshot Nevada in FG's by 2, (29-27), and at the 3-point line, (9-20 to 1-7), but were outshot at the Free-Throw line by 18 attempts. Nevada went to the line 26 times, hitting 17. Boise State went only 8 times, hitting 6.

Ironically, it was the last free-throw miss that ended up winning the game for the Broncos.

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