The Associated Press
BOISE, Idaho — Derrick Marks hit two free throws with 13.4 seconds left to lift Boise State to a 71-70 victory over New Mexico Wednesday.
Anthony Drmic scored 18 points and Thomas Bropleh scored all of his 14 in the second half for the Broncos (16-9, 6-6 Mountain West). Ryan Watkins added 12 points and Marks had 11.
Kendall Williams scored 22 points and Cameron Bairstow added 20 for the Lobos (18-5, 9-2), who missed an opportunity to tie San Diego State for the conference lead. Hugh Greenwood missed a potential winning 17-foot shot with three seconds remaining and Alex Kirk was unable to convert a tip as New Mexico had a six-game winning streak halted.
Williams swished a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left to give the Lobos a 70-69 lead. Marks was fouled on Boise State’s ensuing possession and made the decisive free throws to cap a comeback from a 12-point deficit.
UNM appeared to be on its way into moving into a share of the conference lead when it led 42-30 late in the first half. But Boise State scored the final five points of the half and wrestled momentum away the Lobos when Bropleh began knocking down long-range attempts early in the second half.
Bropleh scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers, during a stretch of 4:43 in which the Broncos pulled within 54-50 with 12:35 to play. His fourth 3-pointer of the half was a bank that narrowly beat the shot-clock buzzer and trimmed
New Mexico’s lead to 60-59 with 8:10 to play.
Watkins followed with a short jumper a little more than a minute later to give Boise State its first lead since the opening minutes. The game swung back-and-forth the rest of the way and the Broncos took a 69-67 lead on two free throws by Watkins with 41 seconds remaining en route to halting a three-game losing streak.