The moment of truth came at a Saturday matinee between the Spartans and Broncos in the Event Center.
The Broncos went on a 7-0 run in the first 1:31 to start the ballgame. The Spartans got on the board when forward Brandon Clarke scored a layup to reduce the Broncos' lead to 7-2.
The Spartans pulled closer to the Broncos at the 11:48 mark, but continued to trail 17-15 before the TV timeout. Clarke threw down a two-handed jam to make it a one-point game.
The Spartans fell victim to the Broncos, who entered the locker room with a 43-30 lead. Broncos forward David Wacker closed out the half with a successful pair of free throws.
Spartans guard Jaycee Hillsman cut the deficit to 11 with a three-pointer at 16:23 of the second half. Hillsman hasn't been playing well lately.
The Spartans (9-9) generated a spirited comeback, trailing the Broncos by seven with 1:08 left to play, but it fell short.
Despite a lack of scoring in a 12 minute span, the Broncos (12-6) managed to secure a double-digit lead an an eventual 75-65 win on the road.
Clarke led the Spartans with 26 points.
The Spartans head to Albertsons Stadium next Wednesday where they will face the Colorado State Rams (11-8) at 7:00 pm MST on ROOT Sports and KLIV 1590 AM.