The Broncos started out the game with noticeable rust. Having ten days between contests can do that to a team. After the holiday break getting back to the grind, and routine, of the full schedule can take some time. Unfortunately for the Broncos, that rust did not appear to be shaking off in the first half.
Trailing 20-15 just under the eight minute mark, the Broncos Were out rebounded by the Aggies 12-4. The Broncos struggled from the field, only shooting 41.2% and 33.3% behind the arc. The Aggies, on the other hand, could not miss as they were hitting over 60% in the first half. They were able to make most of their shots in the key.
Webb had led the first half with twelve points, and four rebounds. The one foul he had was an offensive foul as he drove to the basket. He landed hard on the court and struggled to get up. Fortunately able to shrug it off. He struggled behind the three point line. After hitting his first three, he missed his next three.
Drmic had eight points a rebound and an assist heading into the half. He was able to give the Broncos their only lead in the half (3-2 early in the game).
Hutchison, the usual spark off the bench, was not able to hit too many as he had two points and a rebound.
The Broncos went into the half trailing 31-29.
The second half saw a little improvement as the Broncos took their first lead of the game since the 19:07 mark in the first half. Jackson hit a three to put the Broncos ahead 32-31. That lead, however, was short-lived as the Aggies went on a 6-0 run to get to 38-32.
The Broncos still did not shoot the three ball particularly well (40% from the field and 27.8% from behind the arc) but were helped by Aggies fouls. Neal Monson and Garrison Goode both had four personals just under the twelve minute mark.
The turning point happened at the 8:28 mark when Webb was able to tie the game on a dunk. From the there, the Broncos were able to able to get in their groove, eventually extending to their largest lead of the night 58-49.
But the Aggies had no quit. Siler Schneider, for the Aggies, could not miss a shot. As if he could just float the ball towards the basket, and it would go in. He would end the night with 21 points on 9-14 shooting, four rebounds and three assists.
The Aggies would come within two at the 3:22 mark, but the Broncos kept the moment. Eventually extending it back to eight, for the eventual final of 64-56.
Thus ends the non-conference schedule for the Broncos and the conference slate opens this Saturday at 5 pm at the Taco Bell Arena against Colorado State.