Colorado State did nearly everything it needed to Saturday night to beat Boise State, but for the second time in their past four games, the Rams found themselves on the losing end of a game after a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.
Despite a miraculous fadeaway jumper from sophomore Braden Koelliker and 22 points a piece from seniors Gian Clavell and Emmanuel Omogbo, it was Boise State forward Chandler Hutchison who ultimately stole the show with a banked-in 3-pointer as time expired to lift Boise State to a 74-73 win over CSU at Taco Bell Arena in Boise.
The Rams led for just over 30 of 40 minutes, but the Broncos continued to hang around despite trailing by nine with seven minutes to play. CSU outshot Boise State from behind the 3-point line and at the free throw line, but the Broncos capitalized with 20 points off of the Rams' 11 turnovers.
"You can say what you want, but they didn't deserve to win the game. We did, and that's not taking anything away from Boise State," CSU head coach Larry Eustachy said after the game. "I just feel as bad as I've felt for a group of guys right now."
The loss was CSU's fifth road loss to the Broncos since Boise State joined the conference in 2011, and dropped CSU head coach Larry Eustachy to 2-8 all-time against BSU.
Neither team shot particularly well in the first half, with the Rams connecting on just 33 percent of their attempts while the Broncos shot an abysmal 26 percent, including 1-for-13 from the 3-point line. Boise State erased a seven-point halftime deficit early in the second half and shot 60 percent as the Rams couldn't find an answer for Hutchison and sophomore Paris Austin, who combined for 38 points on 14 of 25 shooting.
The loss drops CSU to 9-6 overall and 1-1 in Mountain West play with a road matchup at San Jose State upcoming on Jan. 4.
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