Karl Brings Broncos Back from Disaster

Boise State got a WAC win heading into a trip to the islands.

Coby Karl scored Boise State's last nine points to save the Bronco basketball team from disaster and salvage a 68-65 win over hapless San Jose State last night in Taco Bell Arena. Boise State shot out to a 17-point lead at the outset of the game, which is an expected result against a team that was 4-11 and winless in the Western Athletic Conference. But then the Broncos slowly let San Jose come back (with the help of 23 Boise State turnovers) until they had completely squandered that lead, and the Spartans took their first lead of the game 59-57 with just over four minutes to play. Karl then took charge with a basket band free throw to cut the lead to one. He added six more free throws in the final two minutes to propel the Broncos to victory.

Karl finished with the third best free throw shooting night in Boise State history, connecting on all 11 attempts. Guard Gerry Washington was 14-14 against Idaho in 1998, while Tanoka Beard was perfect on 12 attempts against Montana State in 1991. Aaron Haynes also was perfect against Marquette in the National Invitation Tournament two years ago when he hit 10 of 10 free throws.

Karl finished with 20 points to lead the Broncos in scoring once gain. He now is just 7 points shy of 1,000 points for his career. Matt Bauscher was red-hot at the beginning of the game with 11 points, but he scored just two in the second half. Tez Banks had 8 points and 6 rebounds in the first half, but he too disappeared, hitting just 2 points and getting just 2 rebounds in the second. The Broncos edged up to 9-7 on the season and 2-3 in the WAC. Boise State now travels to play Hawai'i Monday night.

Players of the Game: 1. Coby Karl 2. Tez Banks 3. Eric Lane

Bronco MVP Season Standings:

1. Coby Karl 37

2. Eric Lane 13

3. Matt Bauscher 11

4. Seth Robinson 10

5. Tyler Tiedeman 9

5. Kenny Wilson 6

7. Kareem Lloyd 5

8. Tez Banks 4

8. Kurt Cunningham 1



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