The Boise State men's basketball seemingly had its heart ripped out again, but Deville Smith's apparent game-winning shot was ruled to have come after the final buzzer as the Broncos won 91-90 in overtime. Derrick Marks hit a jumper with 3.3 seconds left to go ahead. He had all 13 of the Broncos' points in overtime. Boise State improves to 18-9 overall and 8-6 in Mountain West play. UNLV is 17-10, 8-6.
Halftime notes: Boise State made 11 of its first 13 field goals Saturday, but made 7 of 20 afterward, trailing 39-38 at the half. The Broncos made 14-of-27 shots in the first half, a 51.9 percent clip. UNLV shot 54.5 percent (18-of-33). Ryan Watkins led all scorers with 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting at the half. Thirty-two of Boise State's 38 points at the half came in the paint.
Pre-game notes: Boise State will hope to move up in the Mountain West standings with a win Saturday at home against UNLV. The Broncos are 17-9 overall and 7-6 in league play, with the Rebels 17-9 overall and 8-5 in league. Boise State is currently in fifth, a game behind Wyoming and UNLV, both tied for third at 8-5. The last time the Broncos and Rebels faced, Boise State blew a double-digit lead with less than four minutes to play in a 73-79 loss Feb. 1 in Las Vegas.
Boise State is riding a two-game winning streak, which includes a 71-70 win over New Mexico last Wednesday and an 84-72 win at Colorado State on Tuesday. In those two games, senior Thomas Bropleh had 32 points all in the second half. Boise State had 13 3-pointers at Colorado State. In the Rebels, they face one of the best perimeter defenses in the nation, allowing opponents to shoot just 28.2 percent from long distance, sixth-best in the nation. However, the Broncos hit 39.2 percent of their 3-pointers, which is tied for 25th nationally.