Boise State Falls to New Mexico State73-68

Boise State's basketball team is pressing to make things happen. Couple that with an aggressive New Mexico State defense and it adds up to 22 Bronco turnovers and a loss in Las Cruces. (Photo provided by Foto208.com)

Once again Boise State shot out to an early lead but the end result was the same, a loss. New Mexico State put together a 13-0 run midway through the first half to change a six point deficit into a 25-18 lead and knocked off the Broncos 73-68 last night in Las Cruces.

The Aggies (11-12, 7-5 WAC) who swept a season series with Utah State, evened the score with the Broncos, who had won an earlier game in Taco Bell Arena.

Boise State (12-12, 5-8 WAC) cut the lead to one in the second half, 50-49, on a 3-pointer by Coby Karl but the Broncos could never regain the lead. Karl, who moved up to #8 on the all-time Bronco scoring list with 23 points in the game, also had five rebounds but committed seven turnovers. Karl passed former Bronco center Pat Hoke and Boise State Hall of Famer and current Stanford basketball coach Trent Johnson in the Bronco record book.

New Mexico State made 23-of-34 free throws, while Boise State shot just 12, making nine. The Broncos stayed in the game making 11-of-31 from 3-point range, including 7-of-14 in the second half.

Eric Lane, who came off the bench for the first time this season, threw in 16 points and had three rebounds and four assists. Kenny Wilson played one of his best games as a Bronco with 10 points on 4 of 5 shooting. Seth Robinson led Boise State with eight rebounds in just 14 mintues while Matt Bauscher had a career-high nine assists and four steals.

Tyrone Nelson led the Aggies with 24 points and 10 rebounds, while Elijah Ingram had 15 points and Shaun Davis contributed 13 points.

Boise State entertains Cal State-Northridge Saturday night at 7:30 in Taco Bell Arena, one of the games in ESPN's popular "Bracket Buster" series.

 

Top 3 Players:

1. Eric Lane

2. Matt Bauscher

3. Coby Karl

 

Bronco MVP Season Standings:

1. Coby Karl 53

2. Eric Lane 19

2. Matt Bauscher 19

4. Seth Robinson 12

4. Tez Banks 12

6. Tyler Tiedeman 10

7. Kareem Lloyd 9

8. Kenny Wilson 6

9. Kurt Cunningham 3

10. McNeal Thompson 1

 

Boise State Career Scoring Leaders:

1. Tanoka Beard (1989-1993)...............1944 (17.7 average)

2. Steve Connor (1974-1978)...............1927 (18.0)

3. Abe Jackson (1998-2002).................1660 (15.7)

4. Chris Childs (1985-1989)..................1602 (13.6)

5. Roberto Bergersen (1996-1999).........1485 (17.3)

6. Vince Hinchen (1981-1984)...............1243 (15.9)

7. Gerry Washington (1995-1999)..........1210 (10.7)

8. Coby Karl (2003-present).............1166 (12.8)

9. Pat Hoke (1972-1976)......................1165 (13.5)

10. Trent Johnson (1974-1978)...............1155 (10.8)

11. John Coker (1991-1995)..................1126 (13.4)

12. Danny Jones (1974-1978)................1090 (11.1)

13. Bryan Defares (2000-2004)..............1087 (9.2)

14. Ron Austin (1969-1971)...................1067 (20.5)

15. Greg Bunn (1970-1973)....................1032 (13.4)

 

Boise State Career 3-Pointers Leaders:

1. Abe Jackson (253)

2. Gerry Washington (184)

3. Coby Karl (177)

4. Mike Tolman (171)

5. Roberto Bergersen (163)

5. Chris Childs (163)

7. Eric Lane (135)

8. Brian King (120)

9. Joe Wyatt (117)

10. Booker Nabors (111)



Boise State Career Free-Throw Leaders:

1. Tanoka Beard (592)

2. Steve Connor (385)

3. Chris Childs (359)

4. Greg Bunn (346)

5. Gerry Washington (3220

6. Abe Jackson (319)

7. Bryan Defares (313)

8. Coby Karl (295)

9. Pat Hoke (275)

10. Vince Hinchen (265)



Boise State Career Assists Leaders:

1. Steve Connor (502)

2. Chris Childs (392)

3. Gerry Washington (347)

4. Joe Skiffer (343)

5. Bryan Defares (298 )

6. Doug Usitalo (275)

7. Coby Karl (261)

8. Booker Nabors (249)

8. C.J. Williams (249)

10. Terry Miller (243)


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