Lexus Williams — a cool eight games into his Boise State Broncos career — won over the hearts of Boise on Friday night.
Tied at 70 after a Payton Pritchard layup with three seconds left, Williams took the inbound pass, dribbled to half court and let the ball fly. Then…
Boise State’s halfcourt heave ends Oregon’s nation-leading home winning streak! pic.twitter.com/TfBiKJMe8Z
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) December 2, 2017
…pure elation for Boise State.
Williams three gave the Broncos (7-1) a 73-70 victory at the buzzer, ending the 46-game home winning streak for the Ducks.
After nearly pulling off the road win over Oregon in 2016, Boise State won for the second time in three years against Oregon.
A game featuring 14 ties and 15 lead changes was well worth the wait and the heart racing finish.
The Broncos raced out to a 10-4 lead thanks to an early dose of Zach Haney. Haney scored early and often, dropping in 12 of Boise State’s first 14 points.
Six would be the largest lead for either team in the first half.
Pritchard, who finished with 28 points for Oregon, kept things a back and forth affair. He helped Oregon push their lead to 28-23 and the Ducks held on for a 34-30 lead at halftime.
Haney finished the first half with 15 points. Chandler Hutchison, in only his second game back, had to sit out the last 5:40 of the first half with foul trouble.
The Broncos went 0-8 from the 3-point line in the first half.
Second half shooting and heroics
The cold shooting from beyond the arc continued early in the second half. The Broncos missed their first two as Oregon pushed their lead to six at 38-32.
After getting it to 38-35, Hutchison made Boise State’s first three of the game. Moments later, Justinian Jessup knocked down one of his own to give Boise State their first lead of the second half at 40-38.
After trading a few more baskets, Jessup struck on back-to-back trips down the floor. His third three of the half gave Boise State a 48-46 lead.
Then the Boise State Broncos went cold.
The Ducks rattled off ten points in a row, a run finally stopped by an Alex Hobbs free throw to make it 56-49 Oregon with 9:23.
Down 7 still with 7:55, Hutchison scored five straight points, Williams hit two free throws, and Jessup swished another three as Boise State went up 59-56.
After Jessup’s fifth 3 of the game and a Hutchison slam dunk, the Broncos were up six at 64-58.
Pritchard and Elijah Brown kept the Ducks hanging around, going up one with 1:36 left. Brown hit two free throws sandwiched around two Boise State turnovers.
Tied at 68 with 8.6 seconds left, Christian Sengfelder hit two free throws to put Boise State up 70-68.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Hutchison led Broncos with 20 points and 10 rebounds, his second double-double of the season. Haney finished with season-high 17 to go along with 7 rebounds while Jessup finished with 15.
Williams had seven points and four assists.
After starting the game 0-10 from 3-point range, the Broncos finished 7-19 (36.9%). They outrebounded Oregon 31-27.
Brown, the former New Mexico star, finished with 17 points for Oregon.
— Boise State MBB (@BroncoSportsMBB) December 2, 2017
Boise State returns home on Sunday when they host Portland. Tip-off is set for 2 pm.