That was what Boise State sophomore guard Anthony Drmic painfully described as the difference between a heart-breaking loss, and one of the biggest victories in program history.
“If we want to be the team we want to be, we have to win games like this,” added junior forward Ryan Watkins following the Broncos latest thrilling finish.
Playing in front of 10,420 fans on a cold Wednesday night, Taco Bell Arena seemed to come to life with No. 19 New Mexico in town.
A back and forth battle most of the way, Boise State never led by more than nine, and never trailed by more than six.
With sophomore guard Derrick Marks having his way in the lane to the tune of 27 points, freshman guard Mikey Thompson (12) and junior guard Jeff Elorriaga (11) also scored in double-figures along with Watkins (12) and Drmic (10).
On the scoreboard their were 13 lead changes. On top of that, 13 ties - one of which came at the end of regulation and forced Boise State into overtime for the first time this season.
In the end, the Broncos heart and effort was not enough. Matched up against a team with more size and depth, the five minutes of overtime were five minutes too many.
Boise State was outscored in the final period 16-11, as the Lobos prevailed, 79-74.
All should not be lost in the loss though. The Broncos’ early success is covering up the fact their roster still features ten underclassmen and just one senior. Despite that youth though, this is a team that is clearly eager to take the next step.
“Last year was a learning (experience),” said Watkins. “This year we don’t want to lose games like this.”
“We have to come through. We can’t lose games at home.”
- One of the biggest mismatches coming into the game was the size of the New Mexico Lobos. But a breakdown of the stat sheet, and Boise State ended up winning that battle…
Rebounding margin: BSU +5
Points in the paint: BSU 24, NM 18
2nd chance points: BSU 16, NM 7
- Derrick Marks scored 27 points, his second highest total of the season. He leads the Broncos in point per game this season, upping his average to 17.0.
10+ point games: 12
20+ point games: 5
30+ point games: 1
- Anthony Drmic scored in double-figures for the sixth straight game. This marks the second longest streak of his career. Last season he had a run of eight straight games with 10-or-more points.
- Ryan Waktins finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds. That gives the junior three double-doubles this season. He had one in his career prior to 2012-13.
- Boise State drew more than 10,000 fans at a home game for the second time this season. The last time that happened was during the 1998-99 season.
- The last time the Broncos when to overtime was on Jan. 25, 2012 against UNLV at Taco Bell Arena, which resulted in a 77-72 loss. Boise State falls to 40-29 all-time in overtime games, including 19-11 at home.
— Jay Tust (Follow on Twitter: @KTVBSportsGuy)