The Broncos rallied from 15 down to take a late lead but couldn’t hold on and lost 68-64 to the Rams on Saturday night in the Mountain West opener for both teams.
BSU (7-5) trailed 49-34 late in the third quarter but surged back to take a 62-58 lead with 4:28 to play. CSU (11-1) tied the game at 62-62 with 1:42 left. The Rams pulled away with a 3-pointer with 22 seconds left, and BSU’s attempt to answer fell short.
Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego led Boise State with 19 points. Miquelle Askew scored 10 and grabbed nine rebounds, the latter making her the 11th Bronco with 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds. BSU returns to action Wednesday night at home against Utah State.
IDAHO WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Geraldine McCorkell hit three fourth-quarter 3’s to lead Idaho to a 66-56 home win over Northern Colorado. McCorkell’s shots helped Idaho (10-4, 2-0 Big Sky) push their lead to 12 in the fourth quarter. She finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Christina Salvatore and Ali Forde each added 10 points. Kourteney Zadina led Northern Colorado (5-7, 0-2) with 19 points.
IDAHO STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Bengals committed a season-high 31 turnovers on their way to a 61-46 home loss to Weber State. It was the first time Idaho State (7-5, 0-1 Big Sky) lost its conference opener since the 2003-04 season. Anna Policicchio led the Bengals with 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocks. Apiphany Woods added 10 points. Deeshrya Thomas and Regina Okoye led Weber State (9-3, 1-0) with 17 points each.
NORTHWEST NAZARENE MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Crusaders didn’t have any answers for No. 3 Western Oregon and fell 75-53 in Nampa. NNU (4-6, 0-4 GNAC) kept it close during the first half and went into the break down seven. The second half was a different story, with NNU shooting worse than 30 percent while Western Oregon (10-2, 3-1) shot better than 50 percent. Joel Devastey was the only Crusader in double figures with 10 points.
NNU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Crusaders got some clutch plays down the stretch to hold off Seattle Pacific for a 66-65 win at home. CoCo Gale hit a jumper with 44 seconds left to give the Crusaders (4-6, 2-2 GNAC) a 64-63 lead. After forcing a turnover, Ellie Logan hit two free throws with 8 seconds left, and Seattle Pacific (6-5, 3-1) missed their tying 3-point attempt. After the Eagles scored on the rebound, NNU just had to run out the last few seconds. Logan finished with 19. Jordan McPhee led SPU with 17.