“Waiting for the dominoes to fall” was a term that had been associated with Boise State’s football team, banking on other teams to fall in order to make it in a BCS bowl game. This time, the term is applicable for the men’s basketball team.
Wednesday night the Broncos (21-10, 9-8 in MW) fell to the San Diego State Aztecs (22-9, 10-7) 73-67 in the last quarterfinal game of the 2013 Mountain West Tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Judging from the first half, it had seemed the Aztecs were going to walk away unscathed, heading into the locker room with a 33-26 lead. Sophomore guard Derrick Marks did not register a single point and with the turnovers and missed shots the Broncos had amassed, it seemed unreasonable for any spark to happen.
The second half was a different story for the two teams, as the Aztecs’ turnovers had caught up with them as well as Marks’ second life play (14 points in the second half). However, Aztec guard Jamaal Franklin killed any sort of comeback with a game-sealing dunk with under a minute to play. Franklin ended the night with 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
The Broncos were just 6-19 from the 3-point range and just around 35 percent from the field. Sophomore Anthony Drmic was the other double-digit Bronco scorer with 20 points.
San Diego State goes onto play No. 1 seeded New Mexico this Friday. The Broncos, on the other hand, await for Selection Sunday this Sunday to see if they will receive an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament