3s are a charm Tuesday night for Boise State men's basketball team

Broncos hit 13 3-pointers as Elorriaga sparks team to 84-72 win at Colorado State.

STATESMAN STAFFFebruary 19, 2014 

Boise State guard Mikey Thompson towers over Colorado State guard Jon Octeus as Octeus tries to muscle his way for a shot Tuesday in Fort Collins, Colo.

V. RICHARD HARO — The Associated Press

The last time the Boise State basketball team played at Colorado State, the Broncos dearly missed Jeff Elorriaga in a 20-point loss.

Elorriaga, who missed last year's game in Fort Collins with a concussion, played only two minutes in Boise State's three-and-a-half games prior to Tuesday's road game against the Rams. Coming off the bench while dealing with a broken bone in his back, he gave the Broncos the spark they needed.

In his 20 minutes, Boise State had 12 more points than Colorado State, which was the difference in an 84-72 win. After losing three in a row, BSU is on a two-game winning streak.

"We're way better than the sum of our parts when Jeff's in there for some reason," coach Leon Rice said. "I can't understate his value."

The Broncos (17-9, 7-6) trailed 23-19 when Elorriaga came into the game with 8 minutes, 48 seconds until halftime. He had six points in the next 1:14 to kick off a 12-0 run, and Boise State never trailed again.

Boise State shot 54.7 percent from the field (29-of-53), made 13 3-pointers and was 13-of-13 on free throws. The team's 21 assists were a season-high.

"It was a terrific effort by the whole team. We played the way we want to play as far as sharing the ball, playing team defense," Rice said.

In the final 14:47, the Rams got within five only once, but Elorriaga's third 3-pointer made it 52-45. Fellow senior Thomas Bropleh, playing in his home state, provided the dagger with a 3-pointer with 1 minute left to go up 80-70. Bropleh tied a season-high with 18 points, all in the second half. He's scored at least 13 points off the bench in five of the last six games.

"I've been so pleased with what he's done, and so happy for him to do what he did (Tuesday) here in Colorado," Rice said.

Junior Anthony Drmic led BSU with 19 points - he had the team's last 12 points of the first half. Junior Derrick Marks had 13 points, and senior Ryan Watkins added nine points and 12 rebounds.

Next up for the Broncos is a home matchup against UNLV at 6:05 p.m. Saturday.

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