Boise State defeats Colorado State, 84-72

Mar 2, 2013; Boise, Idaho, USA; Boise State Broncos guard Derrick Marks (2) puts a shot over Colorado State Rams guard Joe De Ciman (12) during the second half at Taco Bell Arena. Boise State defeated Colorado State 78-65. Mandatory Credit: Brian Los - USA TODAY Sports

The Broncos were 1.5 point underdogs coming into Moby Arena in Fort Collins, Colorado

Boise State (17-9, 7-6 MW) flew home from Fort Collins Tuesday night with a win over Colorado State (14-13, 5-9 MW). The win was a team effort for the Broncos led by starters Anthony Drmic, who scored 19 points and five assists and Derrick Marks, who put up 13 points and hauled in three steals. Collectively, Boise State also dropped in 13 3-pointers that helped put away the Rams.

But it didn’t start out that way. The Broncos were down 25-19, when Jeff Elorriaga put up a 3-pointer that started to turn the tide. Boise State was 29 of 53 (.547) in FG’s on the evening and CSU was 27 of 61 (.443). The Broncos outscored the Rams in 3-pointers as well, making 13 of 22 (.591) to CSU’s 6 of 19 (.316).

One of the better efforts from the Broncos might have been by Thomas Bropleh who came off the bench to score a season high 18 points.

But the Colorado State players had their share of standouts. J.J. Avila scored 13 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists, and Jon Octeus added 9 points with 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Freshman Carlton Hurst came off the bench to add 11 CSU points and help with 6 rebounds. And of course Daniel Bejarano had his usual outstanding night and accounted for 23 CSU points and 7 rebounds. His jumper in the second half brought the Rams within 4, but the Broncos immediately went on an 11-3 run and went down stretch for the win.

Up next for the two teams:

The Broncos will be at home Saturday night to do battle with UNLV, in Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho, at 6:05 PM MT.

The Rams will still be in Moby Arena next Saturday afternoon for a matchup against Wyoming, at 4:05 PM MT.

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