Derrick Marks and Boise State put on a spellbinding performance in dismantling second-place Colorado State 44-29 in the second half to win going away at Taco Bell Arena 78-65. Marks scored 33 of his career-high 38 points in the second half and at one point, had scored 26 of Boise State's 28 points in the period. He turned in the fifth-highest point performance in Boise State history, falling just four points shy of Ron Austin's 42, one of the oldest marks in the record book. Marks became just the third Bronco to score 30 or more points three times in a season, joining Austin (1971) and Tanoka Beard (1993). Marks scored 35 in Boise State's win over nationally-ranked Creighton.
Anthony Drmic aided Marks' effort with 15 points of his own.
Boise State won the game on defense and on the boards. CSU came into the game as the #1 rebounding team in the nation, but on this night the Broncos won that battle, 31-30.
Boise State advanced to 20-8 on the season and 8-6 in the Mountain West while Colorado State fell to and 9-5. The Broncos are now tied for fourth in the conference with idle San Diego State. Air Force is 7-6 and plays Fresno State tonight.
Boise State also became just the 15th school since 1980 to join the 10/20 Club three times. This despite Boise State becoming a major college football team in 1996, giving all other schools a 15-year head start. To achieve membership in the 10/20 Club, a school must win 10 or more regular-season games on football and 20 or more regular-season games in basketball. Playoffs, bowl games and postseason tournament games do not count, making membership in the Club all the more special. And Boise State has done it three times, all in the last decade.
The Broncos now take to the road for games against UNLV and San Diego State.