The Boise State Broncos (6-4) have certainly had a way of making things interesting over the past few seasons.
Trailing by two points late, Mikey Thompson converted on a three-point play with 12.7 seconds remaining to give the Broncos a 67-66 lead and eventual victory over the Loyola Marymount Lions (5-4) on Wednesday night.
A missed three-point attempt by the Lions Brandon Brown was rebounded by Chandler Hutchison with .2 seconds left, securing the victory for Boise State.
“We always give our fans their money’s worth,” Boise State Head Coach Leon Rice told Bob Behler after the game.
Boise State battled the entire second-half despite struggling to shoot the ball. Three-point shooting nearly doomed the Broncos, as they only converted 2-14 (14%) from beyond the arc in the second half.
Down four with under a minute to play, Montigo Alford hit two free throws for the Broncos. A defensive stop with 30 seconds remaining led to Thompson’s heroics.
The Broncos were clicking early, with Anthony Drmic scoring Boise State’s first five points. The Lions were able to hang around, but Alford broke an early 12-12 tie with two free throws and a three-pointer.
Thanks to seven offensive rebounds, the Lions went on a 14-4 run to take a 26-21 lead. The Broncos also missed a dunk and committed two turnovers during this run.
With the Lions up by five, the Broncos responded with a 9-0 run on threes by Lonnie Jackson, Alford, and Jackson again. A late three by LMU cut the Broncos lead to 37-36 at the half.
Jackson led Boise State with 10 points in the first half. Drmic and Alford each had eight as the Broncos shot 50% (7-14) from beyond the arc in the half.
Brown had 14 points at the half for the Lions. Adom Jacko had eight points and 8 rebounds.
Despite the Lions going up by seven early in the second half, the Broncos used a combination of turnovers and Loyola’s own cold shooting to take a 50-49 lead with 11:03 remaining.
The Lions stormed back, going up by four again before Jacko fouled out with 3:36 left in the game. A three-pointer by James Webb III, followed by two free throws, put the Broncos back up by three at 62-59.
Webb III finished with 17 points to lead five Broncos in double figures. He also recorded his fourth double-double of the season by adding 10 rebounds.
Nick Duncan, Drmic, Jackson, and Alford all added 10 points.
Brown led the Lions with 19 points. Jacko had 12 points and 14 rebounds while Steven Haney had 16 points, including a put back that had given the Lions their four-point lead late.
The Lions ended up outrebounding the Broncos 39-32, including 12 on the offensive glass.
Free throws played a huge part in Boise State’s victory, as the Broncos shot 20-29 (69%) while the Lions attempted only seven, making five.
Boise State improved to 4-0 at home this year. They will look to stay perfect at home this season when they play host to the #24 ranked Oregon Ducks at 5 pm (MST) on Saturday.