Boise State men's basketball tops Fresno State 74-67

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

Sophomore guard Derrick Marks scored 30 points, center Ryan Watkins had a career-high 18 rebounds and the Broncos made all 26 free-throw attempts in a 74-67 victory against Fresno State on Wednesday night at Taco Bell Arena.

Boise State trailed 64-61 with 2 minutes, 29 seconds remaining in the game, but outscored the Bulldogs 13-3 down the stretch.

The Broncos set a school record and a Mountain West record with their 26-fot-26 performance from the free-throw line.

"They were really, really dialed in tonight," Boise State coach Leon Rice said.

The Broncos improved to 14-4 and 2-2 in the Mountain West. The Broncos visit Nevada on Saturday.

For much more from Boise State's victory against Fresno State, please see Thursday's editions of the Idaho Statesman.

First half

Boise State led Fresno State 31-26 at halftime of Wednesday night's game at Taco Bell Arena. Anthony Drmic led the Broncos with 10 first-half points.

Boise State missed its first eight shots from the floor and were 4-for-21 at one point. The Broncos made six of their last 10 field-goal attempts.

Jeff Elorriaga was back in the starting lineup after missing the Broncos' last game with a concussion.

Backup center Kenny Buckner, who missed the previous three games due to a suspension, had five rebounds in the first half. Ryan Watkins had seven rebounds in the first half. The pair combined for six offensive rebounds.

Elorriaga took a shot near the end of the first half and didn't look 100 percent before the break. He is not on the bench and did not start the second half.

Elorriaga will not return in the second half, Boise State officials said.

Elorriaga starts

Boise State junior guard Jeff Elorriaga has been cleared to play for the Broncos on Wednesday night against Fresno State. Elorriaga missed Saturday's loss at Air Force with a concussion he suffered against New Mexico.

Elorriaga ranks fifth in the country in 3-point percentage (49.1 percent) and 10th in 3-pointers made per game (3.44). Elorriaga is averaging 11.9 points per game.

"He brings leadership. He does all the little things. He scores the ball, too, but he does a lot of the little things," junior center Ryan Watkins said.

The Broncos (13-4, 1-2 in the Mountain West) and Fresno State (7-10, 1-3) meet at 6 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena.

Boise State will also have backup center Kenny Buckner back for the game. He missed the last three games for violating teams rules.

Great news!!!!!

I'm leaving for the game now so that is great news. Go Broncos!

Ellorriaga out for 2nd half?

True? Didn't come out and not on the bench? What's up?

Elorriaga out for the second half ...

... Yes. He will not return.

-- murph

I thought it was a bit premature to put him in.

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Great job Broncos!

Way to close out the game.

26 for 26 FT's ?!

Wow! A perfect night from the free throw line? That is amazing! Way to go Broncos and get well Jeff.