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Boise State Basketball Recap: The Broncos Host the Aggies

An afternoon game in Boise yields a familiar result

NCAA Basketball: Utah State at Boise State Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Another game, the same story. The Broncos hosted second place Utah State Saturday afternoon, looking to gain some momentum heading into the conference tournament. Boise State came out slow, the posts struggled to rebound and the Broncos could not produce points in the paint.

The Broncos played much better in the second half, Maleek Harwell had his best game of the year hitting two huge three pointers that put BSU right back in the game. Justinian Jessup gave the Broncos their first lead of the game on a jump shot with two minutes left. Some clutch shooting by Justinian Jessup extended the Broncos lead to five with less than a minute left. Then Sam Merrill took over scoring the last seven points for Utah State, with the majority of the damage coming at the free throw line. With the game tied at 68, Jessup missed a good look at a three pointer that would have won the game.

The Broncos were outplayed by the Aggies in overtime, only managing three points and ultimately losing the game 78-71. The Broncos were led by Derrick Alston with 22 points and Jessup with 21 points. Alex Hobbs finished the game with a double-double, managing 13 points and 10 rebounds. Maleek Harwell also had his best performance of the year, scoring all eight of his points in the second half. For the Aggies, they had four players in double figures led by Merrill’s 32 points.

The Broncos look to reverse their luck on Wednesday when they host Colorado State,