Boise State comes up just shy of big win again at No. 13 San Diego State

Stop if you’ve heard this before.

Derrick Marks dribbles with a chance to put Boise State in position to beat a top-15, but he misses the jumper. The Broncos play solid, but not well enough to get the third top-15 win in school history.
It happened Wednesday when Marks’ jumper in the final seconds was wide left as Boise State trailed 67-66 at No. 13 San Diego State, and when he took a shot with 24 seconds left Dec. 25, trailing then-No. 14 Iowa State 65-63.

“Iowa State was kind of the same … but that’s where we’ve got to get better,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said. “To beat a good team, you’ve got to beat them, can’t hope the ball just falls the right way.”

The Broncos played well down the stretch, however, though it was just not enough. They shot 46.9 percent in the second half against the nation’s No. 1 field goal percentage defense after shooting 37.5 percent in the first half. San Diego State’s Josh Davis hit an inside bucket with 5:17 to play to put the Aztecs up 61-48. Boise State did not allow a field goal after that, scoring 18 of the final 26 points.

“We fouled a lot down the stretch to put them on the line, but yeah, it got a little better down the stretch,” Rice said.

San Diego State coach Steve Fisher said, “You knew they were going to make a run and I thought when we put it back up to 10-12, they were going to hang in that area, but they wouldn’t let it happen. We were a little bit a part of that, but I’d say (Boise State) was more a part of it.”

Click here for my game story from last night’s game.

Plenty of the postgame conversation focused on the continuation of the trend of every Boise State-San Diego State game at Viejas Arena coming down to the final shot. In 2012, it was a missed Boise State 3 to win, last year, a San Diego State 3 won it for the Aztecs, and of course on Wednesday, Marks’ shot was off target.

“Groundhog Day nightmare for me, and Steve Fisher’s been the star every time,” Rice said.

San Diego State guard Winston Shepard: “Anytime we play Boise State it’s going to be a great, competitive game. We’re just glad that we always come out on top in the close games.”

Fisher: “I told Leon Rice, could our games between San Diego State and Boise State be any different? A year ago, we were up 34-17 with four minutes to go in the first half. With four minutes to go in the game, (Boise State) had a four point lead. They scored 44 points in that 20 minute stretch. They can score, they can score in bunches and they did it tonight. They’re a good team.”

Boise State has created a short video called “City of Threes” (great nickname), and it even includes NBA Jam sound effects. Check it out below.

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