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Marks can't do it alone in Broncos' loss to Lobos

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP)

Boise State's Derrick Marks tried but couldn't do it alone against New Mexico.

Marks scored 19 points but none of his Broncos teammates were able to join him in double digits in a 60-50 loss to the No. 19 Lobos on Saturday night.

Boise State (16-8, 4-6 Mountain West) simply made too many mistakes to stay with New Mexico (22-4, 9-2), Broncos coach Leon Rice said. The Broncos went 5 of 20 from 3-point range and 5 of 10 at the line, including missing three during a scoreless stretch late in the second half.

''Against a team like this, you have to be able to make those,'' Rice said. ''You have to play an A-plus game in the Pit to get it done.''

Cameron Bairstow had 16 points with seven rebounds, and Tony Snell finished with 12 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Lobos.

Marks grabbed seven rebounds, and reserve Kenny Buckner added 11 boards for Boise State.

The New Mexico defense harassed the Broncos throughout the game and they're sharpshooter, Jeff Elorriaga, went 1 of 9 from beyond the arc.

''They did a nice job on Jeff,'' Rice said. ''He had what I thought were some pretty decent looks. And he missed them early. And sometimes that gets him going and gets us going a little but it's not on Jeff.''

It was a matter of the Lobos' defense being too tough.

''They did a great job defensively,'' he said. ''They never let our guys get into a good rhythm. We didn't feel like we got into a good rhythm, There were a couple times there where we thought we might get it going, and we just never really got it going but again, that's a credit to New Mexico.''

Boise State did gradually whittle down a 38-29 deficit in the second half to 47-46 with 5 minutes left following Marks' short jumper from the paint. But New Mexico forced the Broncos into 11 straight scoreless possessions while the Lobos pulled away from the line by going 8 of 10 in that span.

''They're just a rock-solid team is what I would say about them,'' Rice said. ''They execute defensively. You have to out-execute them because they're not going to screw up. They're not going to screw up very often.''

New Mexico also brings a solid work-ethic on every possession, he said.

''A lot of teams, we rely on them to screw up,'' Rice said. ''They're solid, they contest every shot. They keep working and working. They're that way on offense too.''

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