The Boise State men’s basketball team was upset by Utah State Saturday night with a final score of 71-65. This loss drops Boise State to second place in the Mountain West standings.
Boise State had 16 turnovers, which ended up being the demise of the Broncos. This loss comes after Boise State had taken over first place in the conference after the University of Nevada, Reno lost this past Wednesday. The Broncos are now half a game behind Nevada, which they play in an important game Wednesday night.
“This is a tough pill to swallow,” Boise State senior guard Lexus Williams said in an interview with the Idaho Statesman. “Honestly, but one thing we’ve talked about all year is that if we turn the ball over so many times, there’s no way we’re going to win most of those games. I think a few games we’ve turned it over 15, 18 (times) and still won, but we can’t get comfortable like that.”
Boise State had a good first half, entering halftime up by seven points. This loss ended a four-game win streak for the Broncos.
Senior guard Chandler Hutchison led the team in scoring with 28 points. Senior forward Chris Sengfelder and Williams both scored 12 points.
This loss puts Boise State’s record at 20-5 overall and 10-3 in conference.
This loss may hurt the chances of Boise State being able to get an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament, and most experts have put them on the “bubble” (right on the verge of being in or out) before the game.
“The ones that hurt, you let them hurt, and that way you have motivation coming into those next games,” Williams said in an interview with the Idaho Statesman. “That’s the beauty of basketball. We’ve got quick turnarounds. It’s not like football, where you’ve got to wait a whole week or so. We have to get our minds right, come together even closer, regroup and refocus and be ready for Wednesday.”
Boise State’s next game is against Nevada on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 9 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena. The game can also be seen live on ESPNU.