ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. –
The Boise State men’s basketball team grabbed an early lead and put together a late charge against New Mexico, but the Broncos ultimately fell 76-61 in the team’s regular-season finale at The Pit, Saturday.
Derrick Marks scored 17 points and recorded four assists – both team highs – and Ryan Watkins (16) and Thomas Bropleh (12) each came off the bench to score in double figures.
The Broncos (13-16, 3-11 MW) led by as many as nine in the first half on the heels of Jeff Elorriaga’s 3-point shooting. Elorriaga, who had outscored the Lobos through the game’s first eight minutes, knocked down three from beyond the arc to help put the Broncos up 20-11.
New Mexico (24-6, 10-4 MW) responded with a 16-5 run, reclaiming the lead with 5:42 remaining before intermission. The teams would trade leads twice more before the Lobos entered halftime with a 35-30 advantage.
The Lobos extended their lead to eight in the second half before the Broncos mounted another run. Boise State outscored New Mexico 13-2 over the next 4:39, claiming the lead on a 3-pointer from Thomas Bropleh.
The Broncos would extend their lead to four, but New Mexico reclaimed the advantage two and a half minutes later and held on for the win.
New Mexico captured at least a share of the Mountain West Championship with the win. San Diego State could grab a share of the regular-season title with a victory over TCU tonight.
Boise State will be the No. 8 seed at next week’s MW Tournament, playing the No. 1 seed Thursday (March 8) at noon. The tournament will be held at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev. --broncosports.com--