Utah State beats Boise State at buzzer, 62-61
BOISE, Idaho (AP) David Collette buried a 3-pointer as time expired to help Utah State sneak past Boise State 62-61 on Saturday afternoon.
Collette, who had made only 1 of 4 from behind the arc this season, got the chance for the win after Boise State guard Derrick Marks missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with 9 seconds left.
Utah State (9-5, 2-0 Mountain West) put four players in double figures and won despite scoring only five points in the final 7 minutes of the game. Chris Smith led the way with 15 points, while Collette 13, Darius Perkins 12 and Jalen Moore 10 contributed to the balanced attack.
Marks led Boise State (10-5, 0-2) with 31 points. The Broncos trailed 57-45 with 7:07 remaining but took the lead on a pair of Marks’ foul shots with 1:02 left. The Broncos missed four free throws in the final 6 minutes and lost despite making 10 of 23 shots from 3-point range, including five by Marks.
The game was a back-and-forth affair. The Aggies scored the first eight points and built a 41-31 halftime advantage. Utah State made 17 of 27 shots from the field in the first half and had 13 assists on those buckets.
Boise State turned the tables in the second half, scoring the first 12 points to grab its first lead, 43-41 with 17:01 to play. The Broncos then went nearly 8 minutes without scoring as the Aggies took the 57-45 lead, but the Aggies missed 10 of 11 shots before Collette’s 3-pointer from the top of the key beat the buzzer to give Utah State its third win in a row.
Nick Duncan scored all 11 points of his points in the second half for Boise State, which lost its third consecutive game.
Utah State: Sophomore forward Jalen Moore reached double figures for the 12th consecutive game. . Utah State only got five points from its bench. . After recording 13 assists in the first half, the Aggies were credited with four in the second half to match their season-high total. . Utah State improved to 95-36 in January under coach Stew Morrill.
Boise State: Senior guard Derrick Marks moved into seventh place on the school’s all-time scoring list Saturday. Marks has 1,514 career points and moved past Roberto Bergersen, who played three years from 1996-99. Up next is teammate Anthony Drmic (1,528 points), who is out for the rest of this season with an ankle injury. Drmic is eligible for a medical hardship and is expected to return next season.
Utah State visits Fresno State on Wednesday.
Boise State visits Wyoming on Saturday.