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Boise State loses a close one to Evansville

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NCAA Basketball: Southern Methodist at Boise State Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

FINAL BSU 67 UE 72

The Broncos have never lost in the MWC-MVC Challenge with a BIG win last year against a ranked Creighton team. Today was their first.

I don’t know a lot about Evansville, but they played a great game. They were solid from the free throw line as well as 43% from 3.

Looking at the stats, Boise State was not terrible, but they weren’t great. 3-pt field goals were tough to come by. The Broncos shot just 30% from 3. They shot 37% from the field. Their 72% shooting from the line was good, but compared to Evansville’s 88%, not so great. Hutchinson had a rough game as they focused on stopping him all day. They did an effective job of that. Jorch had a big game for the Broncos with 8 rebounds. Hutchinson was the top scorer for the Broncos with 19 points and Austin finished with 3 assists.

Really the challenge is BSU puts themselves in a good position early in the game and give them up late. They did a solid job last game against a very good SMU team. Today, they just couldn’t claw back in.

BSU has a quick turnaround with a game against Loyola Marymount on Monday at Gersten Pavilion in LA. Tip is at 8:00pm MT.