Fresno State vs Boise State

Watkins leads Boise State past Fresno State 86-79

By MIKE SULLIVAN
Associated Press
  •  

BOISE, Idaho (AP) Ryan Watkins scored 15 points and grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds as Boise State posted an 86-79 victory over Fresno State in Mountain West play on Saturday night.

Anthony Drmic scored 19 points for the Broncos (11-3, 1-0), who built a big lead with a 20-0 first-half run.

Tyler Johnson scored 22 points, Marvelle Harris added 19 and Cezar Guerrero had 16 for Fresno State (7-8, 0-2), which lost for the fifth time in six games.

Boise State's 20 consecutive points gave it a 32-13 lead with 8:33 left in the first half. The Broncos made five 3-pointers during the surge - including two by Thomas Bropleh to cap it - and later pushed the lead to 24 en route to a 46-25 halftime edge.

Fresno State made a frantic second-half push to move within 82-76 on a 3-pointer by Harris with 26.6 seconds left before Drmic and Mikey Thompson each hit two free throws to help Boise State hold on.

Allen Huddleston added 13 points for the Bulldogs, who were 13-of-31 from 3-point range. Johnson made a career-best five from behind the arc.

Jeff Elorriaga added 12 points for Boise State, which has won 10 straight home games against Fresno State. Junior guard Derrick Marks scored only four points but the output raised his career total to 1,002 and makes him the 24th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.

The Broncos owned a 42-26 rebounding edge as Watkins fell one board shy of matching his career-high, which occurred last season against Fresno State. Watkins' previous season high for rebounds was 14 against Carroll College.

Watkins had 12 rebounds in the first half and Elorriaga made four of the Broncos' nine first-half 3-pointers. Watkins had more rebounds in the half than Fresno State did as a team as Boise State held a 27-11 advantage.

The Broncos had a 62-41 lead after Drmic's 3-pointer with 9:17 remaining before the Bulldogs used a 13-4 burst to creep within 12 on Cezar Guerrero's steal and layup with 5:07 to play.

Boise State appeared to re-establish control as it pushed the edge back up to 71-54 with three minutes left. But Fresno State scored 22 points over the next 2 1/2 minutes to make it a two-possession game before the Broncos wrapped up their seventh win in the last eight meetings with the Bulldogs.

Copyright 2016 by STATS LLC. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Scoreboard
Fresno State (7-8)255479
Boise State (11-3) «464086

Related Video

March 17, 2016
First Round: Utah holds off Fresno State (1:48)
March 12, 2016
You might want to guard this man
(0:30)
March 12, 2016
I believe he can fly
(0:24)
March 12, 2016
Rodney Terry on win over Colorado State
(0:48)
 

CBSSports Shop

Men's Nike White Villanova Wildcats 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball National Champions Locker Room T-Shirt

Villanova Wildcats 2016 National Champs
Get the Locker Room Gear!
Shop Now

Mountain West
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
San Diego St16-228-1041
Fresno St.13-525-1066
Boise St.11-720-12101
Nevada10-824-14118
New Mexico10-817-15141
UNLV8-1018-15147
Colorado St.8-1018-16181
Utah St.7-1116-15153
Wyoming7-1114-18187
Air Force5-1314-18226
San Jose St.4-149-22301
 
Other games
NEB 53 Final
OHST 84
CINCY 69 Final
MEMP 53
IAST 73 Final
TXTCH 62
WASH 62 Final
ARIZ 71
MIST 73 Final
IND 56
UCONN 65 Final
SMU 74
MIAMI 44 Final
SYR 49
RICH 58 Final
FLA 67
DUKE 77 Final
ND 79
OKST 71 Final
KSU 74
LBSU 59 Final
MIZZ 69
LOU 83 Final
RUT 76
UMOH 65 Final
MASS 73
UOP 64 Final
GONZ 86