Boise State hangs on to defeat talented SMU Mustangs

The last few years you have always had one go-to guy on the Boise State Basketball team. Either Derrick Marks or Anthony Drmic were going to be the primary scoring options.

Those two aren’t walking through the door. The Broncos have 10 underclassmen this season, and they haven’t established that go-to guy, but junior Chandler Hutchison is looking to be that guy for this team.

The Broncos have 10 underclassmen this season, and they haven’t established that go-to guy, but junior Chandler Hutchison is looking to be that guy for this team.

SMU had great success last year, starting the season with an 18-0 record, and finished No. 24 in the Top 25. The Mustangs entered into tonight’s contest with a 4-2 record.

One of their victories was against Pittsburgh. Leon Rice & Co. knew they had their hands full.

Boise State was looking to create some sort of spark in the first half, and they found it.

Coming off the bench James Reid went 3-3 beyond the arc to start the Broncos’ run mid-way through the first half.

The Broncos led at one point by 21 points. They were particularly good with their ball movement, and they spread out the stat sheet in a way that would make coach Leon Rice ecstatic.

Everyone was contributing in the first half. They were led by Hutchison & Reid’s 12 points each.

Paris Austin had a nice mid-range jumper to end the first half to extend Boise State’s lead to 20.

The Broncos led the SMU Mustangs 44-24.screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-7-57-26-pm

2nd Half

The 2nd half didn’t start as well as the 1st. SMU came out firing and the Broncos were back on their heels.

SMU brought the game within striking distance and brought the score down to a 11 point difference, within the first 4 minutes of the half.

The Mustangs started out with a 12-2 run before Chandler Hutchison had a bucket and a foul with 14:21 remaining in the half. The Broncos first points of the second half.

The Broncos had only two turnovers in the first half, and they were plagued with them starting with 4 turnovers midway through the half.

Jessup hit a 3-pointer with under 12 minutes to go to extend the Broncos lead to 11, and it continued to be a battle for the home team.

Point guard Paris Austin stepped up and had two big shots mid-way through the half, even took a foul that led to a cut above his eye. He would have to leave the game, and returned with 2:08 remaining.

Paris Austin w/ cut

Hutchison had back to back baskets to extend the lead to 12 with under 5 minutes remaining to keep the pressure on the talented SMU squad.

Hutchison continued to make big plays down the stretch, with 2:36 remaining he had an and-1 basket with the shot clock running down to put the Broncos up 10.

He showed up again under 30 seconds causing a big turnover with under 30 seconds to go. SMU had brought the game within 6 points at that time.

James Reid was then fouled and extended the game to a three-possession game, extending the lead to 8 points.

SMU hit their first 3-pointer of the night to make it a 5 point game with 19.5 seconds remaining.

Senior Nick Duncan was fouled with 18.2 seconds remaining and made both free throws to extend the lead to 7.

SMU then made their last foul of the game with 9.8 seconds in the half, and sent Reid to the line for two made free throws.

Boise State defeated SMU 71-62, to improve to 4-3.

Leon Rice has yet to lose a home game in the month of November (22-0) since he took the job at Boise State in 2010.

Final Stats



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