The Boise State Broncos were not expecting a big challenge from the Loyola Marymount Lions for the Broncos' last tuneup before Oregon.
But they certainly got one.
The three ball. Boise State had to live on them in the first half. Going 7-14 in the first half allowed the Broncos to keep up with a Loyola Marymount team that played physical and dominated the glass. Frustrations were plentiful from the Broncos as Lions were able to get Nick Duncan and Mikey Thompson in foul trouble early.
The Broncos never led by more than six, but had the lead for most of the half. The Lions were able to stay physical with the Broncos despite having a slight disadvantage in fouls. The Broncos had take nine free throw attempts to the Lions' three.
Opening the second half, the Broncos' defense clamped down. Montigo Alford showing his athleticism and ability to cover a man almost a head taller than him.
Nick Duncan contributed ten points and five rebounds before fouling out.
James Webb III led the scoring effort with 17 and nabbing ten rebounds. He was also the Broncos' player of the game.
Five Broncos had double-digit scoring. LMU had three.
Ultimately it was Mikey Thompson with a drive to the basket in the last 30 seconds to tie the game at 66. He was also fouled in the effort. Thompson made the free throw with 14 seconds left to take a 67-66 lead for the Broncos.
Loyola took one final three point shot--and missed--in the final three seconds to secure the Bronco Victory.