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Broncos Can't Overcome First-Half Deficit

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) Tim Williams had 19 points, Elijah Brown scored 10 of his 16 points in final 8:49 and finished with seven rebounds and New Mexico never trailed in its 81-70 win over Boise State on Tuesday night.

For the second consecutive game, Boise State (11-6, 4-2 MW) rallied in the second half but could not overcome a large first-half deficit. New Mexico (11-8, 4-3 MW) led by as many as 20 in the first half before using clutch free throw shooting to hold off the surging Broncos in the second period.

After trailing 49-31 at halftime Boise State used an 11-0 run to spark a 29-12 spurt in the second half, bringing the Broncos within two at 64-62 with 6:05 to play. The Broncos turned the ball over on consecutive possessions and New Mexico stretched its lead back to six.

The Broncos trimmed the deficit to five (72-67) with 2:39 left, but New Mexico finished the game on a 9-3 run, going 7-of-7 at the free throw line.

James Reid scored a team-high 16 points off the bench. Reid has led the Broncos in scoring each of the last three games, coming off the bench in each of them. Chandler Hutchison (14), Paris Austin (12), Nick Duncan (12) and Zach Haney (10) joined Reid in double figures.

Duncan made two three-pointers in the game, giving him 219 in his career. He moved up to No. 4 in Boise State history for made three-pointers, passing Jeff Elorriaga (218; 2010-14).

Boise State returns to the court Saturday, at San Jose State. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. PT/3 p.m. MT and will be streamed on Mountain West Network.

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