Boise State ends San Diego State’s 16-game home winning streak, improves to 6-0 in MW

Marcus Shaver Jr. did it again.

Forty-eight hours after his game-winning 3-pointer at Utah State, the redshirt senior guard nailed a tiebreaking, pull-up 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to help Boise State secure a 42-37 victory over San Diego State on Saturday at Viejas Arena.

It was Boise State’s 12th straight victory — one short of tying the school record set last season — and first on the Aztecs’ home court since 2016. The Broncos (15-4) maintained first place atop the Mountain West standings with a perfect league record of 6-0 and simultaneously put an end to San Diego State’s 16-game home winning streak, while preventing them from securing their 300th victory in the arena.

“I’ll tell you what, though, same suit, just reheated with the end of that game,” Boise State coach Leon Rice told Bob Behler of 670 AM in a postgame radio interview. “Timely threes. I kept telling (Shaver) again, all right, we’re gonna win this. You’re gonna be all right. You’re gonna make this. And he had to work so hard to get a shot.”

While Shaver came through with the late-game heroics, the Broncos wouldn’t have won without the play of true freshman Tyson Degenhart.

After San Diego State (10-4, 2-1 MW) rattled off a 13-0 run, holding the Broncos without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes, for a 37-35 lead with 2:48 to play, Degenhart converted on a 1-and-1 opportunity to knot the score with 1:04 left.

The Broncos coaxed San Diego State into an airballed 3-pointer after Shaver’s huge shot, and Degenhart was fouled once again, making both free throws for the final margin. Degenhart scored 12 of Boise State’s 20 second-half points — he nearly outscored the Aztecs, who had only 14 — to finish with a team-best 14 points, including an 8-for-8 performance from the free-throw line.

“We knew we were still going to win this game,” Degenhart said. “We had a lot of confidence in ourselves. We’ve been in these situations. ... We just trust each other to make great plays, and Shaver hit another clutch three.”

Saturday’s defensive stalemate — the teams combined to shoot 30-for-102 from the floor — featured two dominant stretches by the Boise State defense. The Broncos held the Aztecs without a field goal for almost 6 minutes to start the first half. Boise State stepped up the defensive pressure even more in the second half, as San Diego State’s first field goal didn’t come until the 9:48 mark — a scoreless span of 10 minutes, 12 seconds.

The Aztecs nearly got the last laugh, going on their 13-0 run, but Boise State survived with a 7-0 spurt to end the game.

The Broncos have now held 12 opponents to under 60 points this season — the second most in a single season during the Rice era and just two shy of 2014-15, when the Broncos won the Mountain West regular-season title.

Boise State returns home to host Wyoming after playing four of its past five games on the road. Tipoff vs. the Cowboys is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at ExtraMile Arena. The game will be streamed live online at watchstadium.com, or listen on the radio on 670 AM.

“We’ve held serve at some pretty tough places to do that in,” Rice said. “I mean, think about it: at San Diego State, at Utah State, at New Mexico, at Nevada. Wow, that was impressive what these guys did.”

It is the first time in the Mountain West’s current configuration that the Broncos have recorded road victories over Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State and Utah State in the same season.

Freshman forward Tyson Degenhart scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half of Boise State’s 42-37 victory over San Diego State on Saturday at Viejas Arena.
Freshman forward Tyson Degenhart scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half of Boise State’s 42-37 victory over San Diego State on Saturday at Viejas Arena.

Women’s basketball: Broncos top Rams

Mary Kay Naro’s three-point play with 37.2 seconds left put Boise State ahead for good in a 69-64 victory over Colorado State on Saturday afternoon at ExtraMile Arena.

The Broncos closed the game on a 10-1 run over the final 1:36 as five Broncos scored in double figures.

“This has got to give us some confidence,” Boise State coach Gordy Presnell said in a news release. “To beat two quality teams (Wyoming and Colorado State) and perform down the stretch the way we did is something we can build on.”

Anna Ostlie (13 points), Abby Muse (12 points, 13 rebounds), Dominique Leonidas (12 points, 6 assists), Jayda Clark (11 points) and Naro (10 points) led a balanced attack for the Broncos ((7-11, 3-4 MW), who finished 7-for-12 from 3-point range and outrebounded the Rams 48-30.

Clark, whose 11 points are a career high, provided a spark in the first quarter with back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Broncos up 18-12, and Rachel Bowers nailed a jumper at the buzzer for a 20-14 BSU advantage after the opening 10 minutes.

The Broncos were up 32-25 in the second quarter before a 10-3 run by the Rams closed the half to tie the game 35-35.

Boise State continues Mountain west play with a rematch against Wyoming at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Laramie. The Broncos topped the Cowgirls 70-59 on Jan. 19 in Boise. The game will be streamed live online on the Mountain West Network, or listen on the radio on 670 AM.

MEN: BOISE ST. 42, SAN DIEGO ST. 37

BOISE ST. (15-4, 6-0 MW): Armus 0-5 0-0 0, Degenhart 3-6 8-8 14, Kigab 2-5 1-3 5, Akot 3-13 0-0 7, Shaver 5-12 0-0 13, N.Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Rice 1-4 0-0 3, Milner 0-0 0-0 0, Pryor 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-45 9-11 42.

SAN DIEGO ST. (10-4, 2-1 MW): K.Johnson 0-6 0-0 0, Mensah 5-11 0-1 10, Bradley 3-13 0-0 7, Butler 4-12 0-0 10, Pulliam 2-6 0-0 4, Seiko 1-4 0-0 3, Arop 0-1 1-4 1, Tomaic 0-2 0-0 0, Diabate 1-1 0-0 2, Dinwiddie 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 16-57 1-5 37.

Halftime—San Diego St. 23-22. 3-Point Goals—Boise St. 5-16 (Shaver 3-6, Rice 1-2, Akot 1-5, Kigab 0-3), San Diego St. 4-19 (Butler 2-5, Seiko 1-4, Bradley 1-6, Arop 0-1, K.Johnson 0-1, Pulliam 0-1, Tomaic 0-1). Rebounds—Boise St. 35 (Armus, Akot 8), San Diego St. 30 (Mensah 9). Assists—Boise St. 5 (Akot 2), San Diego St. 9 (Butler 3). Total Fouls—Boise St. 10, San Diego St. 15. A—11,357 (12,414).

WOMEN: BOISE ST. 69, COLORADO ST. 64

COLORADO ST. (12-5, 3-4 MW)

Upe Atosu 6-14 2-4 16; Karly Murphy 6-12 2-2 14; McKenna Hofschild 2-11 6-10 11; Sydney Mech 4-7 0-0 10; Cali Clark 3-7 0-0 6; Petra Farkas 2-3 0-0 5; Kendyll Kinzer 1-8 0-0 2; Anna Prim 0-1 0-0 0; Clara Gomez 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-63 10-16 64.

BOISE ST. (7-11, 3-4 MW)

Anna Ostlie 5-10 0-0 13; Abby Muse 4-9 4-8 12; Dominique Leonidas 4-14 4-6 12; Jayda Clark 4-8 0-0 11; Mary Kay Naro 4-10 1-1 10; Elodie Lalotte 2-6 3-4 7; Rachel Bowers 1-4 0-0 2; Trista Hull 1-2 0-0 2; Sydney McQuietor 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-63 12-19 69.

Colorado St................... 14 21 12 17 — 64

Boise St...................... 20 15 15 19 — 69

3-point goals — Colorado St. 6-21 (Mech 2-3; Atosu 2-5; Farkas 1-2; Hofschild 1-4; Kinzer 0-6; Clark 0-1), Boise St. 7-12 (Clark 3-6; Ostlie 3-3; Naro 1-2; Leonidas 0-1). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Colorado St. 30 (Kinzer 10), Boise St. 48 (Muse 13). Assists — Colorado St. 9 (Hofschild 4), Boise St. 14 (Leonidas 6). Total fouls — Colorado St. 14, Boise St. 15. Technical fouls — None. A — 796.

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