Sparked by a halftime pep talk by Coach Greg Graham, Boise State rallied from 14 points down to knock off the #3 seed in the Western Athletic Conference, beating Fresno State 78-73 tonight in Las Cruces to advance to the Tournament semifinal.
Anthony Thomas hit a big
three-pointer with two minutes left to give the Broncos a lead they would never
lose. The freshman also calmly sank two
free throws after that and then got a steal to take
Reggie Larry paced the Broncos with 18 points, going up against the taller Bulldogs to finish shots and score second-chance points. Larry hit 4 of 5 free throws and got 10 rebounds and a steal for the victorious Broncos. Coby Karl emerged in the second half with 11 of his 13 points. Karl also had five rebounds, four assists and two steals. The Broncos also benefited when Fresno State leading scorer Quinton Hosley was ejected with 17:14 left for throwing an elbow that connected with the right side of Karl's head. Seth Robinson was relentless as well, with 11 points and 10 rebounds while Matt Nelson added eight points and 10 more rebounds.