BOISE, Idaho Reggie Larry scored 21 points and pulled down nine rebounds and Tyler Tiedeman and Matt Nelson added 17 points each as Boise State defeated Idaho 78-64 in Western Athletic Conference men's basketball action Saturday.
It was the fourth straight win for Boise State (16-5, 7-2 WAC), and the Broncos' 14th consecutive victory over Idaho (5-15, 2-7).
Anthony Thomas' steal and layup early in the first period gave Boise State its first lead at 6-5, and the Broncos never trailed again. Boise State led 39-22 at the half, on 11 points each from Larry and Tiedeman and a 23-15 rebounding edge.
Trailing midway through the second half, Idaho went on a 12-1 run to cut its deficit to 66-52 with six minutes remaining. But the Vandals would get no closer, as Boise State pulled away with a field goal and two free throws by Nelson in the final five minutes.
Boise State led by as many as 25 in the second half.
Michael Crowell led Idaho with 18 points and hit six of nine 3-point attempts. Clyde Johnson scored 12 points for Idaho and Darin Nagle added 11.
Larry also had five assists, two steals and a block for Boise State, while Matt Bauscher added 13 points. The Broncos' starting five scored but all but two of their points.
NEW MEXICO STATE 83, SAN JOSE STATE 81: At San Jose, Calif., Jonathan Gibson scored 19 points, including the winning basket with two seconds left, to lift New Mexico State past San Jose State on Saturday night.
DeVonte Thomas' putback with 7.3 seconds left tied the score at 81. Gibson dribbled into the right corner and took his game-winner under pressure from DaShawn Wright.
Hatila Passos scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half as New Mexico State survived a fierce Spartans comeback to win its third road game in 10 tries. Justin Hawkins added 10 for the Aggies (12-12, 6-3 WAC).
Tim Pierce scored 18 points to lead the Spartans (10-11, 2-6), who came back from an 18-point deficit to take a late lead. Chris Oakes had 13 points and 12 rebounds while Jamon Hill added a season high 17 points as San Jose State had five players reach double figures. Wright had 14 points and C.J. Webster had 12.
Comebacks are nothing new for the Spartans, especially this season.
San Jose State came back from a 17-point deficit to beat South Dakota State Dec. 30 after rallying from an 18-point deficit to beat Portland State two days earlier.
The Spartans also recovered from 11-point deficits to beat Appalachian State and Nevada.
San Jose State shot a sizzling 76.2 percent from the field through the first 16 minutes of the second half and held a 69-67 lead before the Aggies slowed the onslaught and regained the lead.
San Jose State fell behind early at 28-10.