BSU upsets Utah in the First Round of the NIT

After a blowout loss to Mountain West foe San Diego State, the Boise State men’s basketball team found themselves in a rough position.

With their chances of making the March Madness tournament all but gone, their post season fate rested in the hands of other college basketball committees.

On March 12th at approximately 5:30 P.M. Mtn time, the NIT selection show announced the Broncos fate. The six seeded Broncos would head to Salt Lake City for a match up with the three seeded Utah Utes.

 1st half

The first half started out with the Broncos and Utes in a tightly contested game. Chandler Hutchison scored the first six points.

At the 8:57 mark, both teams were shooting 50% from the floor.

At the 5:39 mark, the Broncos took their first lead of the game, 21-20.

The Bronco’s largest lead over the course of the first half was only 2. Once the Broncos took the lead, the Utes fired back. Going on a 7-0 run, the Utes reclaimed the lead and the momentum. They would outscore the Broncos 15-6 leading in to the half.

As the first half came to a close, the Broncos saw themselves down 7.

2nd half

The Utes came in to the second half with the lead and the momentum. Extending their lead to 11, it looked like the home crowd was getting exactly what they wanted.

Chandler Hutchison had other ideas.

Hutchison ended the first half scoring 16 of the Broncos 30 points. Entering the second half, Hutchinson’s point total perpetually grew.

At the 14:17  mark, Hutchison hit a jumper giving him 27 points. This not only weakened the gap between them and the Utes but also gave Hutchison a well deserved accolade:

For a better part of the game, the Broncos struggled from the three point line. Hitting zero of their first ten attempts, it figured something had to give. On their eleventh attempt at a three, who else but Hutchison.

The junior forward only hit the one but it gave the Broncos the spark they needed.

It’s been said before that all superheroes need a side kick. Though that’s not always the case, Hutchison found himself a reliable side kick in freshman Marcus Dickinson.

True Freshman Marcus Dickinson came through when the Broncos needed him most. He finished hard in the lane not once, not twice, but three made Bronco baskets in a row.

Eventually, Dickinson made what may have been the game-changing shot of the night. With the defense backed off of him, Dickinson hit a three-pointer that tied the game up.

This was all Boise needed. With 4:55 still remaining in the game, the Broncos outscored the Utes 12-7.

As the final buzzer sounded, the Broncos claimed their 20th win of the season. They also did something they hadn’t done in the NIT since 2004.

With the win, the Broncos guaranteed themselves another game. Their opponent, the Illinois Fighting Illini.


About Darrek Harris

Darrek was born and raised in Boise, ID. Currently, he has an associates degree in English from the College of Western Idaho. He plans to pursue a bachelors degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing. He enjoys sports in many fashions: playing, cheering, and coaching. Bleed Blue, Go Broncos, Amen!

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