San Diego State fended off a furious Boise State rally, ending some impressive streaks for the Broncos and continuing their own incredible stat.
The Aztecs (12-6, 5-0) have won 156 straight games when leading with 5 minutes to play. They led 56-46 at that mark, but did not score again, but walked out with the win by blocking a 3-pointer and seeing one miss in the final seconds as the Broncos (13-5, 4-1) tried to force overtime.
The Aztecs took a lead with 13:25 to play on a Zylan Cheatham layup that made it 39-38, and never trailed again. Boise State the lead down to 56-53 on a Nick Duncan 3-pointer with 21.1 seconds left, the team's first of the game after missing its first 14.
Boise State made just 3-of-16 field goals to start a game, not making its first one until 7:10 into the contest. But the Broncos made 5-of-8 after and did not trail the last 3:57 of the half. The teams combined to make only 8-of-35 field goals to begin the game.
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With the win, the Aztecs ended the Broncos' 10-game win streak overall (tied for third-longest in the nation) and 17-game home win streak (tied for 12th-longest).
Halftime: After one of the more brutal offensive starts to a game in recent memory, the Boise State Broncos led the San Diego State Aztecs 26-25 at halftime Saturday.
Boise State made just 3-of-16 field goals to start a game, not making its first one until 7:10 into the game. But the Broncos made 5-of-8 to finish the half and not trail the last 3:57 of the half. The teams combined to make only 8-of-35 field goals to begin the game.
Junior forward Nick Duncan and sophomore guard Chandler Hutchison had seven points apiece to lead the Broncos, while junior forward James Webb III had four points and five rebounds.
Pregame: Boise State hopes to keep a string of impressive streaks going Saturday in a battle among the Mountain West’s top two teams, San Diego State. The game tips off at 8 p.m. MT, televised on ESPN2.
The Broncos (13-4, 4-0) have won 10 straight overall, which is tied for third-best in the nation and tied for the best in school history. They’ve won 17 straight home games, 12th-best nationally, and have won 18 of their last 19 Mountain West regular season games.
If they want to maintain the excellent stretch, they’ll have to do it against the conference’s perennial power, San Diego State (11-6, 4-0), which also has been the best rival for the Broncos since joining in 2011-12. Boise State’s recent success, and its season sweep last year of the Aztecs, has made it the hunted instead of the hunter. Boise State coach Leon Rice said he doesn’t expect recent history to change, with a close game against San Diego State the norm.