Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Derrick Marks' Runner Gives Boise State Last-Second 70-69 Win Over Colorado State

Boise State withstood an 11-point Colorado State run and freshman Derrick Marks' basket with eight/tenths of a second remaining gave the Broncos their second consecutive Mountain West Conference win.

Drew Wiley's three-pointer with 4:43 left seemingly gave Boise State a commanding lead at 64-56.  But Wes Eikmier came right back on the next possession to nail a three of his own and, when teammates Jesse Carr and  Kaipo Sabas rattled home more treys, CSU had an 11-0 run to take a 67-64 lead.  They too seemed to be in good shape with 1:48 left but that's what makes college basketball so exciting.  

Anthony Drmic drove the lane and somehow got the ball to a cutting Kenny Buckner for the layup to put Coach Leon Rice's club within one.  Eikmier's basket with 58 seconds once again extended the lead to three but 16 seconds later, Buckner scored another layup, this time assisted by Tre Nichols.

Boise State had to play the "D" and they did as CSU failed to get a shot off with 6.5 seconds left.  Marks took the in-bounds pass, drove the length of the court, broke free for a shot, and banked it in.  To say that this was a special win for this young team is putting it mildly.  Fans rushed the court and the team enjoyed some deserved last-second magic.

Buckner had by far his best game of his Bronco career to date with 20 points while freshman Drmic chipped in 10.  Boise State hit 19-of-22 free throws (86.4%).  Just money from the line.

Eikmier was sensational for CSU with a career-high 30 points, shooting 9-18 from the floor and 11-14 from the free-throw line.  Carr came off the bench for 15 points for the Rams.  

Boise State hosts TCU Saturday at 2 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.  We owe those guys.

Boise State Leads CSU 64-56

Boise State just went from a one-point lead to an eight-point lead with 5 minutes left and believe it or not, there were people in Taco Bell Arena that were not standing and cheering.  You know who you were, and now so do we! 

Broncos Lead Colorado State

Boise State not playing great but leading Colorado State in Boise, 27-22.

Colorado State of course nowhere near as good as UNLV or San Diego State, each of which Boise State took to the wire.

Marlene Pietzuch Takes Mountain West Women's Tennis Player of the Week

Boise State's Marlene Pietzuch was honored today as the Mountain West Conference Tennis Player of the Week.

Pietzuch combined with sister Manuela to win her doubles match against Eastern Washington and Idaho and posted two wins in singles.

Boise State faces Pepperdine and Arizona State in Malibu, California February 24-25.

Kurt Felix Gets Mountain West Athlete of the Week

Boise State multi-event star Kurt Felix was recognized as the Mountain West Conference Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week once again, sharing the honor with Ross Millington of New Mexico.
Felix shattered the Boise State and Mountain West all-time record for the heptathlon last weekend with 5,771 points.  Felix qualified for the upcoming NCAA Indoor National Championships, set for next month in Nampa, Idaho.