The Boise State men's basketball team, which had lost six games by six points or less this season, won a close one Wednesday a 71-70 victory over New Mexico. The win improved the Broncos to 16-9 overall and 6-6 in the Mountain West. New Mexico is 18-5, 9-2. Derrick Marks hit two free throws with 13.4 seconds to play, and Hugh Greenwood, with a history of backbreaking shots against Boise State, missed on the Lobos' final attempt in the final seconds. Anthony Drmic led Boise State with 18 points. The win ended a three-game losing streak for Boise State and a six-game winning streak for New Mexico.
Halftime notes: Boise State struggled late in the first half, trailing by as much as 12, but Anthony Drmic scored the last five points to cut the New Mexico lead to 42-35 at the half. Prior to a Drmic 3-pointer with 40 seconds left in the half, the Broncos had missed their previous seven field goal attempts. Drmic's 12 led the Broncos at the half, while Cameron Bairstow had 14 for the Lobos.
Pre-game notes: The Boise State men's basketball team hopes to win its first game against the New Mexico Lobos in their sixth matchup on Wednesday. New Mexico won 84-75 in Albuquerque on Jan. 21, the second-largest margin of defeat for the Broncos this season. The Broncos will be challenged by a New Mexico lineup that includes a 7-footer (Alex Kirk) and a 6-9 forward averaging 20.2 points per game (Cameron Bairstow). Five Australians are likely to play in the game Anthony Drmic, Nick Duncan and Igor Hadziomerovic for Boise State, along with Bairstow and Hugh Greenwood for the Lobos.