The last time Boise State faced Big 12 foe Iowa State on the hardwood was back on Christmas day, 2013 in Honolulu in the Diamond Head Classic. The Cyclones were ranked No. 14 at the time and the Broncos just came up short against them, 70-66.
It was the first loss of the season for the Broncos in 2013. Tonight in the Peurto Rico Tip-Off Championship the score would be different, but just like in 2013, the Cyclones would deliver Boise State their first loss of the season.
Boise State’s Chandler Hutchison started the game with a head injury as he went up to grab a defensive rebound and his legs went out from underneath him and landed on his back. A gasp from the crowd due to the hard hit on the ground.
Hutchison looked unphased and went on with his usual style of play to the start the game; being aggressive and attacking the basket. He scored back-to-back buckets after the spill.
Leon Rice ended up taking him out of the game and Hutchison went into the locker room for some tests. He came out later in the first half in street clothes and did not come back for the rest of the game.
With 7:14 remaining to go in the first half Iowa State took advantage of Hutchison being out of the game as they extended their lead to 10 points.
The Broncos continued to struggle to find a rhythm on both sides of the ball throughout the first half as Iowa State made some good runs to finish the half.
Shooting only 2-14 from beyond the arc, and shooting 27.6% overall, Boise State was in poor shape leading to the break.
The halftime score was Iowa State 39 Boise State 21.
— Bronco Nation News🐴 (@BNNBroncoNation) November 20, 2017
The start of the second half wasn’t much different than the first half as the Cyclones continued to execute against the Broncos defense. Midway through the second half the Broncos got a couple of stops and hit back-to-back threes to cut the Cyclones lead to 11.
Iowa State led in the second half by 24 points, and the Broncos continued to fight late into the half as they brought the game within 7 points. Led by Boise State’s Lexus Williams and Chris Sengfelder’s hot shooting.
Sengfelder hit 4 threes in the second half as he filled the void of Chandler Hutchison.
With 2:33 remaining, Jessup hit a corner 3 to bring the game within 4. The Broncos had new life and the momentum had completely shifted from the Cyclones to the Broncos favor.
Just under a minute remaining, the Broncos were forced to start fouling the Cyclones as they found themselves down by 5. Ultimately the Broncos couldn’t pull the victory out as they fell in defeat 75-64.
Boise State had three different players in double digits Williams (16), Hobbs (10), Sengfelder (20). Boise State shot 40.3% from the field and was 11-30 beyond the arc.
Only 6 free throw attempts for the Broncos, and they were outrebounded by 8.
Chandler Hutchison and Chris Sengfelder were both named to the @ESPNPRTipOff All-Tournament Team.
— Boise State MBB (@BroncoSportsMBB) November 20, 2017
Boise State is now 4-1 on the season and will play on Saturday, November 25th at 7:00PM at Taco Bell Arena.