The Broncos survived a wild finish at Taco Bell Arena Saturday night, as a would be buzzer-beating game winning shot by UNLV was waved off following further review. This came after junior guard Derrick Marks knocked down a fade away jumper from 12 feet to give the broncos a 2-point lead with just 3.3 seconds left.
Senior forward Ryan Watkins, Marks and company led the Broncos to a grinding victory 91-90 in overtime.
Head coach Leon Rice’s celebration gave away that the basket was going to be waved off after the referees had returned from reviewing the play.
“I lost it, I was just so excited for our guys”, Rice said. “To the naked eye you couldn’t tell, but good thing the refs got it right.”
Both teams came in with tied overall records at 17-9 but the Broncos trailed the Rebels by one game in the conference record. This was a scenario the Broncos were familiar with, the game coming down to the last possession. This time they were victorious.
“It just shows how much we have grown as a team,” Marks said. “We all know we didn’t want to lose that game and we just dug down deep and played that much harder.”