By ANTHONY SHINGLER | Senior Staff Writer
Boise State’s La Shard Anderson hit a last second shot to give the Broncos the win over the Govs in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational Tournament, 83-80.
The Govs finished the season 20-14 overall. They lose only one senior, point guard Caleb Brown.
Boise State advances to the second round where they will face Evansville.
The Govs played without their leading scorer, TyShwan Edmonson. Edmonson tore his posterior cruciate ligament during the OVC tournament quarterfinal game.
Brown opened the first half with a bang. He scored 22 points to help the Govs go into
halftime down only one point, 42-41, despite committing nine turnovers.
The Govs opened the second half with a 7-4 run to take a 48-44 lead. However, the Broncos did not let the Govs keep any lead very long.
The two teams tied the score four times in the second half. Govs guard Justin Blake made a 3-pointer that ignited a Govs’ 12-4 run. It established their biggest lead of the game, 78-71 with less than five minutes remaining in the game.
It was the Govs last run. The Broncos battled back to within one point with a minute left.
Anderson put the Broncos on top, 79-78, with a jumper in the paint as the clock wound down to the 40 second mark.
After the Govs last timeout, Brown drove the lane and scored his only second half points to give the Govs an 80-79 lead with 5.9 seconds left.
It appeared the Govs had won the game.
But on the ensuing inbounds, the Govs lost track of Anderson who dribbled the length of the court and hit a jumper with 0.1 seconds left on the clock.
After pulling down the rebound, the Govs called an illegal time out and were charged with a technical foul. The Broncos made the free throws for the 83-80 win.
The Broncos closed the game out on a 12-3 run.
The Govs shot 30-of-52 (53 percent) from the field, including 4-of-10 from three-point range.
Brown led the team with 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting and
6-of-6 from the free throw line. Josh Terry earned a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds. John Fraley finished with 9 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. Blake scored 11 and Will Triggs added nine points while grabbing seven rebounds.