A foul on Hank Thorns of TCU with two seconds remaining allowed Boise State's Anthony Drmic to go to the free-throw line and the Bronco freshman calmly sank both attempts to give Boise State a 65-64 win this afternoon in Taco Bell Arena in Boise. It was the Broncos' second consecutive heart-stopping victory.
Thorns had put his team up 64-62 with 32 seconds remaining. Drmic followed by sinking one-of-two free throws to draw within one with nine seconds left, then wisely immediately fouled, a move that would put TCU in the bonus on Boise State's next foul. Drew Wiley then followed with a foul on TCU's in-bounds pass that put Craig Williams on the line with six seconds remaining.
Williams missed the front end of the one-and-one and Drmic was fouled on the rebound, setting the stage for more Bronco heroics. Boise State had defeated Colorado State Wednesday night when Derrick Marks went coast to coast on a runner that gave Boise State a 70-69 victory.
Neither team shot well, with TCU 23-57 (40.4%) and Boise State only slightly better at 42.9% (24-56). But the Horned Frogs found their range from the three-point line, connecting on 12-of-25 shots for a blistering 48% that kept Boise State from pulling away down the stretch.
TCU jumped out to a 15-6 lead early, but Coach Leon Rice's team battled back and only trailed 28-26 at the half. The teams traded baskets for the opening nine minutes of the second stanza, until Thomas Bropleh's trey gave Boise State a 42-39 lead. Boise State grabbed their biggest lead at 50-44 with 7:56 left on another Bropleh three, assisted by Jeff Elorriaga, and led 59-54 after Marks' jumper with 3:17 left.
But Garlon Green came back on the next possession for one of his three three-pointers and Thorns tied the game at 59 with 2:05 left. Williams connected on a three for TCU, but Drew Wiley answered that with a trey of his own to once again tie the game at 62 with 1:02 left, setting the stage for the dramatic finish.
Marks led Boise State with 13 points, while Kenny Buckner had 12 points and Drmic 10.
Williams had an excellent game for his team, finishing with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Boise State travels to Las Vegas, Nevada to challenge #13 UNLV after taking the Rebels to the wire last month in Boise.