San Diego State 69, Boise State 66
Updated On: Jan 09 2014 12:46:55 AM CST
SAN DIEGO -- San Diego State guards Winston Shepard and Xavier Thames each scored 16 points, and the 13th-ranked Aztecs held off Boise State, 69-66, to stretch their winning streak to 12 games in a Mountain West Conference game at Viejas Arena.
Forward Josh Davis had eight points and 10 rebounds for the Aztecs (13-1, 2-0), whose only loss was to No. 1 Arizona in the second game of the season.
Guard Derrick Marks led Boise State with 21 points. Forward Anthony Drmic had 17 points for the Broncos (11-4, 1-1).
The Broncos rallied from 14 points down in the final 6:13, but Marks missed a potential go-ahead 17-foot jumper from the key with two seconds remaining. Thames added two free throws with two-tenths of a second remaining.
The Aztecs, who led by 18 in the first half, still held a 59-45 edge after a driving score by forward Dwayne Polee II with 6:13 remaining. The Broncos chipped away and cut the deficit to 62-56 when Marks hit a free throw with 3:21 left.
Marks sank two layups around a Davis free throw and then hit two free throws to make it 66-64 with 1:08 remaining. After Thames hit a free throw, Marks' 16-footer made it 67-66 with 54.2 seconds left.
Boise State rebounded a San Diego State miss with 29 seconds remaining to set up Marks' final shot.
San Diego State did not have a field goal after Davis' follow shot with 5:16 to go, and the Aztecs made six of 12 free throws down the stretch.
San Diego State scored nine of the game's first 11 points, with forward Skylar Spencer scoring on two slam dunks and a driving layup, before Boise State closed to within a point at 9-8.
From there, the Aztecs took early control with a 17-0 run that included two 3-pointers by reserve guard Aqeel Quinn, two baskets by Thames and a 3-pointer by Polee. It was 26-8.
The Broncos went 7:40 without scoring, a span of 11 possessions, and a San Diego defense that went into a full-court man-to-man press after every made basket or dead ball.
Marks scored all 10 of his first-half points in Boise State's 18-8 run to end the half, closing the deficit to 34-26.
NOTES: The Aztecs played a video tribute and held a moment of silence to honor legendary baseball player and San Diego Padres announcer Jerry Coleman, who died Sunday at the age of 89. ... Boise State played its third game against a top-15 rated team, a school first. The Broncos lost both previous games -- at No. 11 Kentucky, 70-55, on Dec. 10, and to No. 14 Iowa State, 70-66, in the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu on Christmas Day. ... San Diego State 6-foot-10 F Skylar Spencer blocked a shot in his 18th consecutive game dating back to March. ... San Diego State improved to 30-8 in games decided by six points or fewer since the start of the 2010-11 season, the best winning percentage in NCAA Division I over that span. They are 5-1 in such games against Boise State.
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