By Eric Olson
The Associated Press
OMAHA, Neb. — This time, Boise State finished the job.
After nearly winning on the road at Michigan State last week, the Broncos pulled the biggest upset in program history Wednesday night with their 83-70 victory over No. 11 Creighton.
Derrick Marks scored 28 of his career-high 35 points in the second half, bettering the 24 he had in the 74-70 loss to the 13th-ranked Spartans.
"We came in here knowing we'd have to play our 'A' game to be with them," Boise State coach Leon Rice said. "Where the Michigan State game helped us is we played really good for 36 minutes and put ourselves in position and didn't finish. We went back and spent some time watching that film in the last two days before we came out here and kind of analyzed our mistakes."
The Broncos (5-1) beat a ranked opponent for the first time in four seasons and on the road for the first time since March 2005.
Marks scored 18 straight points for his team during a 10-minute stretch, allowing the Broncos to hold leads of eight to 12 points most of the second half.
"My teammates just kept on telling me to drive, so I listened to them, and I was getting layups," Marks said.
Rice, sitting next to Marks, laughed. "I don't think they were exactly layups," he said.
Marks scored eight straight field goals using a mix of penetrating moves to the basket, pull-up jumpers and runners.
The sophomore guard was 13 of 19 for the game, 10 of 15 in the second half.
"I recall a few times I threw him the ball and I was already back at halfcourt getting ready for defense," teammate Jeff Elorriaga said. "That's a special thing to watch when someone is just kind of taking over the game. It's fun to watch and, hey, he had the hot hand. Keep going to him, feed him."
Creighton (6-1) hadn't lost a regular-season November home game since 1989.
"Congrats to Boise State," Bluejays coach Greg McDermott said. "We didn't play poorly offensively. We just had no answer for them on the defensive end of the floor. I thought they outhustled us, I thought they communicated better than we did. If you're watching that game tonight, it was obvious who the better team was tonight, and it wasn't us."
Anthony Drmic had 17 points and Elorriaga added 12 for the Broncos, who are picked to finish eighth in the Mountain West.
"We don't want to be defined by the win in November," Rice said. "Hey, it was a great win against the 11th-ranked team in the country and a tough place to play, and they played their tails off and I'm so proud of them. But we have to get a lot better to compete in our league."
Doug McDermott led Creighton with 21 points and Grant Gibbs added a season-high 17.
Boise State led 39-33 after shooting 64 percent from the field in the first half. The Broncos made seven straight 3-pointers and were 9 of 13 from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes, with Elorriaga making 4 of 5.
The Broncos were 1 of 6 on 3s after halftime, preferring to let Marks do his thing on dribble drives.
"We want our guys to love the rim and like the 3," Rice said. "The first half we were really loving the 3, including myself. I was kind of loving it when they were going in."
Creighton got within five points in the last 3 minutes, but Drmic scored twice and Marks made four free throws to seal the Broncos' first win over a ranked opponent since they beat Utah State in February 2009.
The Broncos had come into the game having lost 18 of 19 on the road against ranked teams, with the lone win against Nevada in March 2005.
Creighton came in with all six of its wins by double figures, and the Bluejays were impressive in weekend wins over Wisconsin and Arizona State in Las Vegas.
Boise State was better from start to finish Wednesday against the highest ranked opponent it had faced since playing No. 9 Washington State in November 2007.
McDermott, who scored 30 points against Wisconsin and 29 against Arizona State, made 7 of 11 shots, including 4 of 5 3-pointers.
But Gregory Echenique, the Bluejays' strong man inside, managed only nine points and three rebounds. Ethan Wragge, who had been shooting 58 percent from 3-point range, was 1 of 5 from beyond the arc.
"They got off to that hot start early and never really looked back," Doug McDermott said. "They were on fire. We have to be able to get a hand in their face better, and we were just giving them way too many open looks. They came in and played a great ball game. Just got to move on."
Boise State knocks off Creighton
By Brian Murphy
Sophomore guard Derrick Marks scored a career-high 35 points – 28 of them in the second half — and Boise State defeated No. 11 Creighton 83-70 in Omaha, Neb., on Wednesday night.
Marks scored 18 consecutive Boise State points in the second half. Marks made 13-of-19 field goal attempts, including 1-of-2 from 3-point range. He also made 8-of-10 free-throw attempts. Marks had four rebounds, four steals and three assists.
"He's a second-half player. As the game gets a little more opened up and he can get in the paint, he drives a hard bargain for everybody," coach Leon Rice said after the game. "He made some tremendous shots. It was impressive."
The highest-ranked team Boise State had ever defeated before was No. 15 Washington in 1998.
Boise State was 1-18 against ranked opponents on the road with its only victory coming in 2005 against Nevada. The Broncos were 5-34 all-time against ranked opponents with their last win coming against No. 21 Utah State in 2009.
Anthony Drmic scored 17 for the Broncos (5-1). Jeff Elorriaga had 12 points on four first-half 3-pointers.
Boise State out-rebounded Creighton 31-18. Center Kenny Buckner had a team-high nine rebounds, including three offensive.
Creighton All-American forward Doug McDermott scored 21 points in the game. The Blue Jays (6-1) had not lost a home game in November since 1989, a span of 42 straight games.
The Broncos play at Seattle on Sunday and return home on Dec. 14 against LSU.
Boise State notes
…Ranked No. 11 in both polls, Creighton is the highest-ranked team the Broncos have defeated in school history…highest-ranked team Boise State had previously defeated all-time was No. 15 Washington, Dec. 4, 1998 (69-61).
…Broncos’ last win against a ranked opponent came against No. 21 Utah State, Feb. 14, 2009 (66-56)…the victory ends a streak of nine-straight losses to ranked opponents.
…The win was just the second all-time on the road over a ranked opponent, the other coming against No. 24 Nevada, March 10, 2005 (73-72)…just the sixth win over a ranked opponent in school history…Boise State is now 6-34 all-time against ranked opponents.
…Creighton was the highest-ranked team Boise State played on the road since Nov. 20, 2000, when the team played at No. 4 Kansas (101-61).
…Derrick Marks scored 35 points, tied for the 10th-most in school history…most by a Bronco since Reggie Arnold also scored 35 against New Mexico State, Feb. 27, 2010…was Marks’ first-career 30-point game and the 33rd all-time by a Bronco…first 30-point game by a Bronco since Feb. 24, 2011, when La’Shard Anderson scored 33 against Fresno State.
…Marks scored 18-consecutive points for Boise State…Anthony Drmic scored with 14:32 remaining in the first half before Marks’ stretch, and ended Marks’ consecutive scoring streak with 4:59 remaining.
…Marks’ last three 20-plus scoring games have come against top-15 teams: No. 11 Creighton, No. 15 Michigan State (24) and No. 12 UNLV (21).
…Jeff Elorriaga finished with 12 points, going 4-for-7 from beyond the arc…Elorriaga, who ranks second in the Mountain West Conference in both 3-point field goals made per game (2.60) and 3-point field goal percentage (.406), has combined for nine 3-pointers in his last two games…he has at least four 3-pointers in three of the Broncos’ six games this season.
…After missing the first 3-point attempt of the night (Drmic), Boise State made seven-consecutive 3-pointers and finished the opening half 9-for-13 (.692) from beyond the arc…the Broncos finished the game 10-for-19 from 3-point, the second-straight game Boise State has shot 50 percent or better from beyond the arc.