By Brandon Walton
The Boise State men’s basketball team (16-8, 4-6 in MW) couldn’t avenge the thrilling overtime loss at Taco Bell Arena earlier in the season as they suffered a 60-50 defeat at the hands of the No. 19 ranked New Mexico Lobos Saturday night in Albuquerque.
The Broncos were in contention the entire game as they kept up with the Lobos within reach. The Broncos, in fact, put up one of their best defensive performances of the season by holding the Lobos to only 34.7 percent shooting from the field.
New Mexico struggled offensively all night because of Broncos stellar defensive play. It was a very competitive first half and the Broncos were only down by six at halftime 29-23.
It was indeed not a good night for the Lobos offensively and the Broncos were able to take advantage of this and make this game interesting in the second half. The Broncos seemed like they might be able to spring yet another upset when they pulled within one point at 47-46 with just over five minutes to go in the game.
However, the Broncos had offensive woes of their own and went ice cold as they didn’t score a single point for almost five
Going a dismal 11 possessions without registering a single basket, the Lobos took advantage of the Broncos cold shooting down the stretch and went on a 14-4 run to close the game out and dash any upset thoughts the Broncos had. In the end the No. 19 ranked Lobos were able to prevail and pull out the
Even with all their struggles offensively the Lobos were able to play great defense of their own and lead most of the night. New Mexico was led by junior Cameron Bairstow, who registered 16 points and seven rebounds.
The Lobos also got big help from senior reserve Jamal Fenton who hit three huge 3 pointers that were big in preserving the win. Junior Tony Snell added 12 points, six rebounds and four assists of his own in the winning effort over the Broncos.
For Boise State, only sophomore Derrick Marks seemed to have any impact offensively for the Broncos as he was the only player on the team to score in double figure, a game-high 19 points and seven rebounds. Senior reserve Kenny Bucker also had a noteworthy game with his 11 rebounds.
The Lobos are now 22-4 on the season with a 9-2 record in the Mountain West, a half game ahead of Colorado State to lead the conference. After getting out to such a hot start to start the season, the Broncos now are just 4-6 in their last
The Broncos return home Wednesday when they will be looking to get revenge on an earlier season loss when they host Air Force at Taco Bell Arena.