Broncos bite Bulldogs at the Bell

Broncos bite Bulldogs at the Bell
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Derrick Marks scored 30 points and Anthony Drmic added 23 as Boise State defeated Fresno State 74-67 Wednesday night.

Drmic's driving basket with 1:09 to play snapped a 66-66 tie and the Broncos (14-4, 2-2 Mountain West) made six free throws over the final 35 seconds to complete a school-record and conference-record 26 of 26 effort from the free-throw line.

Allen Huddleston scored 20 points and hit a career-best five 3-pointers for Fresno State (7-11, 1-4). Tyler Johnson added 16 points for the Bulldogs, who lost for the eighth time in 10 games despite going 10 of 17 from 3-point range.

Ryan Watkins had a career-high 18 rebounds to go with 10 points for Boise State, which played the second half without Jeff Elorriaga. The Broncos' guard missed the previous game with a concussion and coach Leon Rice said Elorriaga hit his head on the floor after taking a hard fall in the final seconds of the first half.

Marks hit all 12 of his free-throw attempts en route to his second 30-point outing of the season. He tallied 35 in an upset of Creighton on Nov. 28 and is the first Boise State player with two 30-point games in the same season since La'Shard Anderson in 2010-11.

Watkins had eight offensive rebounds as the Broncos had a 37-24 edge on the boards.

Boise State led 41-31 with less than 16 minutes left but Fresno State used a 15-2 spurt to take a three-point lead with 12:31 remaining.

The Broncos recovered and Marks' basket gave Boise State a 59-53 lead with 5:24 to go. Huddleston hit back-to-back 3-pointers as part of an 11-2 run that gave Fresno State a three-point edge with 2:55 remaining.

Huddleston's basket with 1:35 left tied the score at 66 prior to Boise State's game-deciding flourish.

Marvelle Harris added 10 points and Robert Upshaw blocked four shots for Fresno State.

Elorriaga entered the contest as the Mountain West's leader in 3-point percentage at 49.1. He missed Saturday's loss to Air Force after sustaining a concussion against New Mexico on Jan. 16. A school spokesman said Elorriaga will be further evaluated Thursday.

Boise State reserve center Kenny Buckner played 25 minutes in his return from a three-game suspension for violation of team rules.

Fresno State never trailed over the first 13 minutes, taking an 18-11 lead as the Broncos started 4 of 21 from the field. Boise State rattled off the next 10 points as part of a half-ending 20-8 surge for a 31-26 halftime lead.