Well this wasn’t what the Broncos needed.
This past week Boise State were gifted a half-game lead over Nevada when UNLV upset the Wolf Pack in Reno. Unfortunately that lead was short-lived.
After two close calls, an overtime win against UNLV and a come-from-behind win down in Las Cruces, the Broncos finally had a close game bite them in the butt.
While Chandler Hutchison did his best to put the team on his back with 28 points and 6 rebounds, it wasn’t enough to gut out a win for the orange and blue down in Logan.
After taking a seven point halftime lead, Broncos couldn’t stop the Aggies momentum and let that lead slip away at the under 13 mark when Utah State’s Sam Merrill tied up the game with a layup.
Neither team did particularly well shooting: Utah State only hit 9 of 25 threes, at one point missing five straight. But the Broncos couldn’t capitalize on this misses as the Broncos managed to do go an even worse, 5-16 shooting from three. Utah State only shot 48% from the field. But Boise State managed to shoot even worse at 46%.
The Broncos did manage a 35-25 rebound advantage agains the Aggies, lead by Christian Sengfelders’ 9, which lead both teams.
Lexus Williams provided some good scoring opportunities for the Broncos, going 5-9 from the field and some crucial three pointers, he hit 2-3. Williams had 12 points.
Justinian Jessup continues to struggle only taking two shots, making one. And hitting only one free throw. This, coupled with only one shot down in Las Cruces, is making for a very rough patch for the sophomore.
The loss drops the Broncos to 20-5, 10-3 MWC. Though the Broncos had won their last three previous matchups at the Spectrum, the Broncos, now, are only 3-19. Luck has not been on the Broncos’ side.
The matchup against the Wolf Pack is mission critical come Wednesday, February 14th. The Wolf Pack (21-4, 10-2 MWC), who apparently will have their leading scorer Caleb Martin back after being out “indfinitely” with a ligament injury, annihilated San Diego State in Nevada. The game will be important for the Broncos for the regular season title and whatever hopes for an at-large would be for the NCAA tournament.