Saint Mary's tops Boise State 82-74; Harsin greets Bronco Nation

December 14, 2013 

— St. Mary's pulled away from the Boise State men's basketball team late for an 82-74 victory at Taco Bell Arena.

Boise State trailed 70-67 when Anthony Drmic drove to the basket for a lay-up and a foul. Drmic missed the free throw with 1 minute, 46 seconds remaining, and St. Mary's (8-0) scored the next five points to take control of the game.

Boise State fell to 8-2. It was the Broncos' second consecutive loss.

At halftime, Boise State trailed Saint Mary's 46-44 after being down by as much as 16 points with 8:18 to go before halftime. The Broncos shot 58.6 percent from the field (17-of-29) in the first half. Jeff Elorriaga led with 14 points, Derrick Marks had 12 and Ryan Watkins had 10.

New Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin addressed the crowd at halftime, drawing hearty applause.

Check out our story previewing the game: Read the story here.

As of Saturday two hours prior to tipoff, Boise State had 9,000 tickets out for the game. Only once in Boise State history has an unranked nonconference team drawn a crowd of more than 10,000 at Taco Bell Arena.

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