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Boise State outlasts Loyola Marymount 67-66

The Broncos were down four with 52 seconds left but were able to hold off the Lions Wednesday night at Taco Bell Arena.

Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Boise State held on to a thrilling home victory against Loyola Marymount Wednesday night. Five Boise players finished in double figures; James Webb's 17 points and 10 rebounds paced the Broncos.

Boise State was a double-digit favorite heading into the game, but Loyola Marymount did not show any signs of letting up against the Broncos. Brandon Brown led the Lions with 19 points, but BSU held Adom Jacko to a 5-18 shooting night after a fast start.

The entire game was back and forth, led by a number of 7+ point runs. LMU attacked the boards early and often, finishing the night with 12 offensive rebounds and 39 overall. Loyola Marymount did struggle with fouls, however, allowing the Broncos to attempt 29 free throws, 20 of which were converted.

Boise State suffered another scoring drought in the first half, which is starting to become a trend this year for the Broncos. Lonnie Jackson knocked down a three pointer with 11:36 left to give Boise State a six point lead, but did not score another field goal until 5:42 remaining in the first period, nearly a six minute stretch.

The Broncos finished the first half with momentum, with three triples in a 101-second period and a 9-0 run. Boise State was up at halftime with a 37-36 advantage.

The next 20 minutes continued the theme of scoring runs.

Loyola Marymount regained the momentum early in the second half, holding a 49-42 lead with just over 14 minutes remaining. After this LMU spurt, Boise State answered with eight unanswered points to snatch the lead back.

With back-and-forth play for the next few minutes, Boise State trailed by four with 1:13 left. Loyola Marymount played tough defense on the following possession, but a foul on Jeffrey McClendon with seven seconds left on the shot clock sent Montigo Alford to the line. 'Tigo made both free throws to pull within two.

LMU ran a number of on-ball screens on its next possession, but Brandon Brown stepped out of bounds on a dribble drive which gave BSU the ball back with 38 seconds on the clock, firing up the home crowd.

With 14 seconds left, Mikey Thompson attacked the basket and converted an acrobatic and-one to tie the game, and Thompson added the free throw to give Boise a one point lead.

Brandon Brown missed a go-ahead three point jumper with three seconds left as Boise State escaped for a very important home victory.

With the win, Boise State improves to 6-4 on the year, victorious in three in a row. Next up for Boise is a marquee matchup against a nationally-ranked Oregon Ducks team. Tonight's thrilling finish should boost the spirits of the Broncos, who will be looking for a major non-conference win Saturday afternoon.