The Boise State men’s basketball team beat No. 24 Oregon 74-72 on Saturday at Taco Bell Arena.
The Broncos led by 17 points with 6 minutes, 45 seconds left but had to hold on as Oregon’s Dillon Brooks missed his shot on a drive at the buzzer.
Senior Anthony Drmic led the Broncos with 19 points. But it was the bench that swung the game. Sophomore Chandler Hutchison scored eight points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Redshirt freshman Zach Haney added seven points and four rebounds and didn’t miss a shot.
The Broncos won in similar fashion Wednesdday against Loyola Marymount.
“It’s huge and it can swing a season,” coach Leon Rice said of the week. “Those are the games you have to win to have a special season and we just had two of them back to back.”
The Boise State bench provided a huge spark in the first half as the Broncos closed with a 30-7 run to overcome an early 10-point deficit.
The Broncos led 41-28 at the half.
Sophomore Chandler Hutchison scored three points but more importantly grabbed six rebounds, chased down several loose balls and played some feisty defense. Redshirt freshman Zach Haney added five points and three rebounds and true freshman point guard Paris Austin, who was benched for most of the past two games, finished the half with a nifty drive for an easy bucket.
Oregon, which was 8-for-10 from the field to start the game, was 2-for-18 the rest of the half. The Ducks committed six turnovers to the Broncos' two.
James Webb III led Boise State with 10 points. Anthony Drmic added eight despite some foul trouble (two fouls).
NOTES: Senior transfer Lonnie Jackson made his second straight start for the Broncos. ... Oregon leading scorer Tyler Dorsey, a freshman, missed his second straight game with an injury. ... Oregon sophomore forward Jordan Bell, who led the Pac-12 in blocks last season, made his season debut. He had been out with a broken foot.
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