Looking to make the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row, the Boise State men’s basketball team went to Las Vegas last week for the Mountain West conference tournament.
A pair of bad losses at the end of the season to Nevada and Air Force took the Broncos out of the bubble talk and forced them to win the conference tournament to go to the Big Dance.
Entering the tournament as the 6-seed and having to win four games in as many days, the Broncos opened up tournament play with a matchup with last place San Jose State.
The Broncos had the game in hand from the beginning, jumping out to a 25-0 lead to open the game, as they cruised to an 83-52 victory.
Thursday’s matchup with Nevada was a back and forth battle as the Broncos gave up a 13 point lead in the first half and an 11 point lead in the second half. The Broncos were able to pull away in the end from a 75-62 win.
The MW semifinals pitted the Broncos against New Mexico, a team they split with in the regular season.
Going up against All-MW first team members senior guard Kendall Williams and senior forward Cameron Bairstow, the game was an up and down battle defined by controversial calls, the Broncos came up just short, 70-67, eliminating their bid to return to the NCAA Tournament in 2014.