Boise State men’s basketball team upsets Oregon on half-court buzzer beater, followed by win over Portland

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“It’s fun being a Bronco, huh?” These are the words Boise State’s Men’s Basketball coach Leon Rice said to redshirt senior guard Lexus Williams after he sank a half-court buzzer beater to upset Oregon. This win breaks the nation’s longest home-winning streak, which was held by Oregon at 46 games.

Boise State, which came in shooting 42.7 percent from three-point range and made 16 in its last game, missed its first 10 attempts before hitting four shots in a row and then the next seven of nine shots.

The final score of the game was Boise State 73, Oregon 70.

“As soon as I let it go, I knew it was good,” Williams said. “So when I fell on the floor, I just stayed there because I knew they were going to pile on top of me.”

Rice also felt good about the shot before it went in.

“I’m telling you, when he let it go, you just felt like it was in,” Rice said. “Then you’re like, ‘Wow, it’s in.’”

Boise State had three players in double digits: redshirt junior forward Zach Haney, who scored 17 and got seven rebounds, sophomore guard Justinian Jessup, who scored 15 points shooting 5-8 from the three-point line and senior guard Chandler Hutchison, who scored 20 points and got 10 rebounds.

Boise State also played Portland on Dec. 3 and won 77-54. The team dominated the whole game and never let Portland take a lead at any point during the game. This win win improved the Bronco’s record to 8-1.

Hutchison recorded the first triple-double in Boise State history as far as single-game records go (1985-86). He scored 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. This was only the fifth triple-double in Mountain West history.

Senior forward Chris Sengfelder and Jessup both scored 17 points, knocking down six three-point shots each. Jessup has now made 34 three-pointers on the season.

Williams and sophomore guard Alex Hobbs were the only other players to score points, with 11 and nine points, respectively.

This win was also the 150th for Rice.

Boise State’s next game is against Sacramento State at Taco Bell Arena on Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. The game can be streamed online at


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