Drmic, Broncos pound LSU 89-70

Drmic, Broncos pound LSU 89-70
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Anthony Drmic scored a career-high 34 points and matched a career best with six 3-pointers to lead Boise State to an 89-70 victory over LSU on Friday night.

Derrick Marks scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half and Ryan Watkins had 12 points and a career-high 17 rebounds as the Broncos (7-2) won for the fourth time in five games.

Corban Collins scored 19 points for LSU (6-1). Johnny O'Bryant III added 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting but fouled out with 8:59 remaining for the Tigers, who were playing their first road game.

Drmic scored 19 points and Boise State forced 10 turnovers en route to taking a 43-30 halftime lead. The Broncos pushed the lead to 60-40 on two free throws by Marks with 13:35 remaining.

LSU guard Anthony Hickey returned from a one-game suspension and finished with three points on 1-of-6 shooting. Hickey missed a game on Dec. 11 for a "violation of athletic department and university policy."

Drmic made four 3-pointers in the first half as Boise State overcame a cold start — the Broncos began the game by going 3 of 14 from the field — to beat an SEC program for the first time in four opportunities.

Drmic's final 3-pointer came in timely fashion. The Tigers had rolled off nine straight points to pull within 60-49 with 10:20 remaining when Drmic calmly drained one from the right wing to start a 15-7 surge that built the lead back to 19 with 5:44 to play.

Watkins' stellar play on the boards helped Boise State to a 44-27 rebounding advantage that included 20 on the offensive end. The Broncos forced the Tigers to commit 20 turnovers.

LSU started strong and used a 13-2 run over four minutes to take a 19-11 advantage on a 3-pointer by Collins with 12:32 left in the half.

The Tigers had a 22-16 edge after a 3-pointer by Shavon Coleman with 10:36 left, but Boise State went on a 9-2 run with Watkins scoring six of the points for a 25-24 lead with 7:53 remaining.

The contest was tied at 27 before the Broncos finished the half with a 16-3 flurry. Thomas Bropleh converted a three-point play with 3.4 seconds left in the half to give Boise State the 13-point lead.

Hickey didn't play in the first half. He was suspended on Dec. 7 and missed the Tigers' victory over Tennessee-Chattanooga on Dec. 11.