OO So Close!

It was a close call tonight for the Boise State basketball team who battled back from adversity to defeat Idaho in Taco Bell Arena. Next up for the Broncos--Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament! (Photo provided by Foto208.com)

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Eric Lane's basket with nine seconds remaining sent the game into overtime enabling Boise State to pull out an 85-80 win over Idaho in double overtime last night in Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos found themselves down by five with just 23 seconds left in the game when Coby Karl buried a 3-pointer. Then, Lane came up with a steal and his bucket that saved the day for Coach Graham's Broncos.

Lane scored nine points in the first extra period to help the Broncos while Karl netted seven in the two overtimes and Kenny Wilson added five.

Lane finished with a career-high 24 points to lead a Bronco offense that ran its record to 21-1 under Graham when Boise State scores 80 or more points. Karl finished with 18 points, five assists, a team-high seven rebounds and just one turnover. Wilson contributed 15 and Seth Robinson added 10.

Karl passed Bronco great Gerry Washington for 2nd on the all-time Boise State list for career 3-pointers with 186. Karl trails just Abe Jackson, who hit 253 treys in his career from 1998-2002. The Bronco junior also passed the incredible Doug Usitalo on the Bronco assists list and now stands in 6th place all-time with 278. Usitalo, however, amassed his 275 career assists in just two seasons with Boise State. Lane had five 3-pointers himself and trails Chris Childs and Roberto Bergersen for 5th in the Bronco record books.

Boise State evened its season mark at 14-14 but must win at least one game in the conference tournament to ensure a winning record for the year. Boise State carries a 6-10 record in the Western Athletic Conference into the post-season tourney in Reno. The Broncos will open with #3 seed Louisiana Tech Wednesday at noon. Idaho finished the regular season just 4-24 and 1-15 in its first season in the WAC.

The team from Moscow was led by Tanoris Shepard, who scored 10 of his 23 points in the first overtime. Brett Ledbetter added 20 points and David Dubois had 16 points and 18 rebounds for the Vandals.

The game was the final home appearance for Bronco seniors Tez Banks, Kareem Lloyd and McNeal Thompson, who were saluted prior to tipoff. Tez, Kareem and McNeal--thanks for coming to Boise State and for your hard work for the Broncos!

 

 

Top 3 Players:

1. Eric Lane

2. Coby Karl

3. Kenny Wilson

 

Bronco MVP Season Standings:

1. Coby Karl 58

2. Eric Lane 27

3. Matt Bauscher 19

4. Seth Robinson 15

5. Kareem Lloyd 13

5. Tez Banks 13

7. Tyler Tiedeman 10

8. Kenny Wilson 8

9. Kurt Cunningham 4

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. Coby Karl (2003-present).............1234 (12.9)

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

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. Coby Karl (186)

3. Gerry Washington (184)

4. Mike Tolman (171)

5. Roberto Bergersen (163)

5. Chris Childs (163)

7. Eric Lane (148)

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 (322)

6. Abe Jackson (319)

7. Bryan Defares (313)

8. Coby Karl (308)

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. Coby Karl (278)

7. Doug Usitalo (275)

8. Booker Nabors (249)

8. C.J. Williams (249)

10. Terry Miller (243)


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