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Boise State vs. Houston final score: Broncos top Cougars in overtime, 75-73

Boise State needed overtime to top Houston Monday night.

Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

If you wanted fireworks, this game brought just that. Boise State outscored Houston 31-22 in the first half, but the Cougars fought back in the second half outscoring the Broncos, 40-31. Due to the rules of math we were all tied up, and overtime loomed.

Despite a double-double from standout Danrad Knowles, the Cougars fell to the Broncos in overtime by a score of 75-73 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas  After an impressive second half run by the Cougars, overtime looked pretty good for the boys from Texas  The difference in this game came down to the little things.

Boise State’s bench outscored Houston 22-9, with 11 points coming from Broncos guard Robert Heyer.  Both teams made 8 three pointers, but Houston attempted 32 shots beyond the arc while Boise took 19. In total, Houston shot just 36.9% from the field which is astonishing this game went to overtime after Boise shot 47.1 percent from the field.

If the Broncos have a strong showing in conference play, they have a shot to get into the field of 64. A 10-2 team with losses to Wisconsin and N.C. State, both games played away from home, this team could wind up being one of those 6 or 7 seed sleepers. The Broncos point percentage for the season ranks an impressive 48th in the country at 75.5 and their field goal percentage ranks 36th in the country at 48.3 percent.

This all leads up to a game with another surprising Mountain West team in Colorado State, a team which currently holds the No. 24 ranking in the country.  Sadly for the Broncos this game will be played outside the Potato State in Moby Arena placed in Fort Collins, Colorado.  Some of the usual bottom dwellers in the Mountain West are now making a name for themselves, and could start making some noise around the country.