Boise State holds of Utah to remain unbeaten

The Broncos hosted the Utah Utes of the Pac 12 conference in a battle of unbeatens last Tuesday night.

With both teams coming in at 6-0, it was the Broncos who left Taco Bell Arena with a 7-0 record, following a 69-67 victory.

The Broncos battled a streaky shooting night which included two missed free throws by the usually reliable senior guard, Jeff Elorriaga late in the second half.

Two baskets by junior guard Derrick Marks helped to seal the deal for the Broncos. Marks also made a big defensive play after he missed the front end of a one-and-one.

“The thing about our team that’s funny is we did a lot of things wrong,” head coach Leon Rice said. “But we did the one thing right that was important and they found a way to win.”

The Broncos struggled from beyond the three-point line, shooting just 4-14 from behind the arc.

They made up for it however, outscoring the Utes 32-28 in points in the paint, and picking up seven more points from the free throw line in the first real test the Broncos have had this season.

“With pressure games it’s great because, as a team, you build more confidence,” junior guard Anthony Drmic said. “Everyone is going to get stronger and more confidence from that.”

The 7-0 record for the Broncos matches the best start in school history. Boise State hosts Carroll College at Taco Bell Arena on Thursday night, before heading off to take on powerhouse Kentucky next Tuesday.

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Steen has been all about sports since he could walk. Currently, he’s an avid golfer. Steen is currently the assistant sports editor for The Arbiter, and has been a sports writer since fall 2012. Steen is majoring in communication with an emphasis in media studies to work in public relations. He will graduate in December 2014. Steen feels Boise State sports have done wonders for putting Boise on the map. Steen is also a Twitter addict, so follow him on Twitter @michaelsteen2.