The Boise State men’s basketball team led by 15 with 6 minutes to play, but a brutal finish ended with an 80-78 defeat as New Mexico finished the game on a 19-2 run.
Senior guard/forward Anthony Drmic had 30 points in the loss for Boise State (17-10, 8-6).
Halftime: An incredible first half for Boise State senior guard/forward Anthony Drmic sparked Boise State in the first half Wednesday, but the Broncos trailed 42-37 at the halftime break.
Drmic had 23 points in just 12 minutes off the bench, shooting 8-of-10 from the field. During one stretch, he had 19 of Boise State’s 22 points, checking out with 1:55 until halftime with the score tied 37-37. Drmic’s season-high in a game this season is 24 points.
After a slow start, both teams caught serious fire, at one point hitting 11 straight 3-pointers in a 4:13 span that Drmic finished with his fifth 3-pointer of the game, with 2:24 to the half. Both teams shot 50 percent in the first half, with New Mexico hitting 9-of-11 free throws to 4-of-5 for the Broncos, while holding a 16-11 rebounding advantage.
Pregame: The Boise State men’s basketball team, coming off a 94-71 win over Wyoming on Saturday, looks to make it two straight wins as the Broncos seek their first road win since Jan. 23 when they face New Mexico at 8 p.m. MT Wednesday, televised on CBS Sports Network.
In its two games last week, Boise State scored 187 points, and was the first time stalwarts Nick Duncan and Anthony Drmic came off the bench. They have embraced the new roles, playing efficient minutes while helping an offense that has started to get its groove back.
Boise State (17-9, 8-5) lost 88-83 at home Jan. 30 against the Lobos (15-10, 8-4) in their prior meeting this season. It is the first time the Broncos have faced a league foe this season a second time after losing the first meeting.