Despite Thomas Bropleh in the locker room after drawing a flagrant foul with 7:15 to play, the Boise State men's basketball team was within a basket down the stretch, but could not get ahead of the two-time defending Mountain West Tournament champions in a 70-67 loss to New Mexico on Friday. Derrick Marks led with 20 points, while Bropleh had 16 in 19 minutes off the bench before being ejected on a hard foul on New Mexico's Cameron Bairstow.
Halftime: Boise State came out ice-cold Friday night, trailing 12-2 and making one of its first 11 field goals, but came back to cut it to three before New Mexico closed strong to take a 35-29 halftime lead. Derrick Marks had 10 points to pace the Broncos. Coach Leon Rice got his first technical foul of the season in the first half.