Boise State men’s basketball team traveled to Myrtle Beach to compete in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, which took place Nov. 16 through Nov. 19. Boise State won its first two games, but lost to Iowa State in the finals after star player senior guard Chandler Hutchison went down with a head injury early in the game.
Boise State won its first game of the tournament against University of Texas-El Paso 58-56. The game was closely contested, with UTEP taking the lead with 10:36 left in the second half. The Broncos trailed until Hutchison made a three-point play with three seconds left in the game. Hutchison finished the game with 10 points and eight rebounds, despite only shooting three of 14.
In the semi-finals Boise State demolished Illinois State 82-64. Hutchison had 19 points and 18 rebounds. The Broncos dominated throughout the entire game and led by 25 points in the first half.
Boise State lost to Iowa State in the championship game 75-64. Hutchison only played eight minutes before getting injured. Boise State trailed Iowa State 52-28 with 15:23 left in the game, but was able to close the gap when they hit numerous three pointers in the second half. Senior forward Chris Sengfelder scored 20 points for the Broncos.
“We had a choice. We could be victims and feel sorry for ourselves because we were down a soldier or we could step up and go compete and keep fighting them,” said head coach Leon Rice.
After the Iowa State game Boise State’s record moved to 5-1.