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Boise State holds off Warriors, 62-61

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Anthony Drmic scored a game-high 21 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 57.7 seconds remaining, to lift Boise State to a pulsating 62-61 victory over Hawai’i tonight in the first round of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.

The Broncos improved to 9-2 and will face South Carolina in today’s 4 p.m. semifinals at the Stan Sheriff Center; the Warriors fell to 7-3 and will play St. Mary’s in a consolation bracket game at 6:30.

Keith Shamburger’s free throw broke a 59-59 tie with 1:10 remaining, but Drmic drained his go-ahead 3 from the left wing 13 seconds later. UH’s Quincy Smith was fouled on a drive to the basket and had a chance to tie it at the line with 8.7 seconds left, but was off the mark on his first attempt. He made the second, but the Warriors were forced to foul twice to get Boise State to the line. Ryan Watkins then missed the front end of his 1-and-1, Garrett Nevels grabbed the rebound and raced up the court in four seconds.

But Nevels’ 23-foot jump shot went off the rim as time expired.

Boise State’s Jeff Elorriaga broke a 56-56 tie with a 3-pointer from the left wing with 3:02 remaining, but Smith answered with a three-point play off a difficult left-handed driving layup with 1:37 left.

Brandon Spearman led UH with 17 points — including 12 in the first half — Shamburger added 13 points and Isaac Fotu finished with 12 points.

Boise State jumped out to leads of 8-2 and 17-11 before Hawai’i caught fire behind Spearman, who drained two 3-pointers and scored 10 points in the first nine minutes. Shamburger’s 3-pointer tie it at 17-17 midway through the first half, but the Broncos answered with Drmic’s rainbow from beyond the arc and Mikey Thompson’s traditional three-point play to take a 23-17 lead at the seven-minute mark.

But the Warriors roared back again, with Fotu starting a 9-0 run with a running hook shot and then capping it with a layup of Shamburger’s assist to put UH ahead, 26-23, with 4:34 remaining. Boise State responded with a 6-0 run to take a 29-26 lead after Drmic’s two free throws with 3:06 left, only to see the Warriors surge back to end the half with a 6-2 spurt capped by Spearman’s two free throws to lead 32-31 at the half.

More details, including video highlights and interviews, will be posted later.

4 Comments

  1. Guys….clear this tough loss, and …get ready for St. Mary’s…great effort…still can come out 2-1 out of a competitive DHC.

  2. Too bad Hawaii came out on the short end tonight. Boise St is a good team. What an exciting game.

  3. SECOND Test of Mental Toughness…
    Bounce Back from Tough Loss Overnight
    Against a Tougher Team (#37 St.Mary’s Won by 8 @ #67 Boise)
    In Less Than 24 Hours
    i have a hard time imagining SMU Flat Two Games in a Row…

    …And Maybe A Presidential Game Three
    IF Align with OSU in Second Round…

  4. This DHC good test for the New Look Rainbow Warriors. That Boise team, not tall, however, pass well and they are gritty, got the key offensive boards, and 3 pt shots. Maybe, last year’s UH team would have lost by 15 pts. These guys lot of heart, almost, won the game, with a couple of shots , if they fell from FT line or field. Unusual for UH to turnover ball 16 times.

    St Mary’s game, will be true test of character, I think, …and here we go again, Aaron Valdes, poor guy, injured the elbow/arm, going to MRI tomorrow, Spearman looks like he is limping, Jawato, playing on bad ankle, bone on bone, Standhardinger, under the weather, still wanted to play, and Fotu, healing up his broken hand. still, this team is right there. They are going to beat one, or more of these top 100 RPI,Pomeroy, BPI teams yet. Tomorrow, will be a war, at 630pm, hope a good crowd of at least 5000 or so show up, good team UH, they still have 20 more games before the BWC tournament, so have a lot to play for, and pile up wins!

    Go Rainbow Warriors! Never give up, and learn from this experience, you guys hung with Mizzou, NMSU, and almost beat Boise St, so , you are getting there. The Bigs Christian when healthy and Davis, have to bring it, and they will against the Gaels!. Wonder if Stefan I Jovanovich, could play a few minutes, he must not have offense and defense down at NCAA DI level yet. Maybe come BWC play time.

    Go Bows!!
    😀

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