Wednesday night made Boise State basketball history as the Broncos upset No. 11 Creighton on the road 83-70. Sophomore guard Derrick Marks had a career night as he led the Broncos in scoring with 35 points (13-19 from the field), coupled with four steals and an 80 percent free throw percentage (8-10).
It wasn’t some wild, last second win for a team that has been expected to finish in the bottom of the Mountain West. Going into halftime, the Broncos led 39-33 and shooting 64 percent from the field. While the Bluejays came within five towards the end of the second half, it was Marks’ 28 second half points that kept Creighton at a safe distance.
The Broncos (5-1) came breathing down the neck of the No. 13 Michigan State Spartans last week, as they were four points shy of an upset. In what was the school’s highest ranked win of all time, it was notched as a marquee win for Head Coach Leon Rice as he enters his third season as the Broncos’ head coach. The stellar start is also accredited to Marks’ jaw-dropping numbers, averaging 16.4 points per game going into tonight’s game with roughly four assists and four rebounds to along with it.
Other Bronco standouts on the night were sophomore forward Anthony Drmic with 17 points, junior guard Jeff Elorriaga with 12 points, including an impressive 4-7 from the 3-point line and senior center Kenny Buckner’s nine rebounds. The team itself shot an above average 60.4 percent from the field.
All-American Creighton forward Doug McDermott led the Bluejays with 21 points, but was limited to only two free throw line appearances, a game-changing factor for the Broncos.
Aside from a win against Nevada in 2005, the Broncos came into tonight’s game 1-18 against ranked teams on the road.
The team now prepares for another road trip to Seattle this Sunday to face Seattle University at 3 p.m. MT.