Boise State men's basketball stays perfect with close win over Utah

December 3, 2013 

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Boise State guard Derrick Marks (2) celebrates at mid-court after the final buzzer of the game against the University of Utah at Taco Bell Arena. Boise State defeated Utah 69-67. Tuesday December 3 2013

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Boise State's Jeff Elorriaga missed two free throws with 3.8 seconds left, but the Broncos stayed unbeaten with a 69-67 win over Utah as the Utes' final shot from half court was well off target. The Broncos trailed with 1:45 to play after Utah's Jordan Loveridge hit a 3-pointer to go up 66-65, but Derrick Marks scored four straight to put the Broncos back up for good.

At halftime, Boise State led Utah 32-25. The Broncos shot 36.7 percent (11-of-30), and the Utes shot 40 percent (10-of-25), but just 2-of-14 on 3-pointers. Derrick Marks led the Broncos with eight points, and Jeff Elorriaga had seven.

The 6-0 Boise State Broncos host the 6-0 Utah Utes in a matchup of two of the 21 undefeated teams left in the nation. The game, which tips off at 8:05 p.m. and is televised on CBS Sports Network, will pit two of the top scoring teams in the nation.

Boise State averages 97.7 points per game, No. 1 in the nation, while Utah averages 90.7, seventh nationally.

Utah defeated Boise State 76-55 in Salt Lake City in their last meeting last December.

Sophomore forward Edmunds Dukulis will not play for Boise State — he has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury and was in street clothes during warmups Tuesday.

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