The Boise State basketball team collected a big win last night on the road back to legitimacy with a 73-70 win over #20 BYU in Taco Bell Arena.
BoiseState rallied from an
11-point halftime deficit and held off a furious Cougar charge in the final
minutes to stun #20 BYU 73-70 last night in Taco Bell Arena.Reggie Larry poured in 19 points while Matt Nelson connected on all seven field goal attempts and contributed 18 points, 11
rebounds and five assists for the Broncos.Nelson also was responsible for holding highly regarded BYU center Trent Plaisted.Plaisted was held to 12 points
by Nelson, five under his season average.
Nelson's tip in
of a Tyler Tiedeman miss with four minutes left gave Boise State a 66-62 lead,
extended to six when Larry canned a 15-footer.BYU almost staged an unlikely win in the final minutes trailing
70-62.Burgess hit a three-pointer (one
of only eight BYU treys in 27 tries) and, after a Bronco turnover, Lee Cummard
hit a layup to cut the deficit to three with left.A Bronco miss gave the Cougars another chance
as Cummard was fouled on the next possession and calmly hit both free throws to
make it a nail-biter.
A BoiseState free throw pushed it to
71-69 and Plaisted was fouled with 19 seconds left but made only one of
two.The Broncos failed to close the
door when Tiedeman missed the front end of a 1-and-1 three seconds later.Plaisted missed an eight-footer, however, and
Larry grabbed the rebound.Once again,
the Broncos could not put the game away as Larry made just one of two. With
less than three seconds left, Cummard launched a desperation 25-footer that
missed and the Broncos celebrated the upset.
Coach Greg Graham's team won for the eighth time in the last nine games, and the Broncos
turned back a Top 25 team for the fourth time in program history.``I didn't know what to do after that game
was over,'' said Larry, who was part of a wild celebration afterward at
midcourt. ``We bounced back in the second half, got things flowing ... and said
we can't let this one slip.''
were on the short end of a 38-27 halftime score, thanks to a 15-1 Cougar run to
finish the first stanza.Graham's club
came out of the locker room a determined squad and fought back, finally
retaking the lead halfway through the second half.
Cummard led the
Cougars with 26 points, while Sam Burgess and Jimmer Fredette added 11 points
each.BYU lost for the third time in 13
games, while BoiseState upped their mark to
wins over Top 25 teams include a 60-52 win over FresnoState in 1982, a 53-43
decision over Gary Payton and OregonState 1988, a 69-61 win over Washington 1998 and a 73-72
shocker of Nevada in the 2005 Western
Athletic Conference Tournament.
BoiseState opens the 2008 WAC
schedule by hosting San JoseState Wednesday in Taco Bell