In a packed-to-the-rafters thriller Saturday night, the Boise State men's basketball team defeated a nationally-ranked opponent at Taco Bell Arena for the first time since 2009.
Even though the Broncos were up by as much as 17-points against the University of Oregon, the Dec. 12 nail-biter went down to the wire with the Oregon Ducks missing a last-second attempt to tie up the game. When the final buzzer sounded, the score was 74-72, leading Boise State head coach Leon Rice to call the game a "resume' win."
Earlier in the week, Rice made some controversial remarks when he urged Boise State basketball fans to "bring the hate" to Saturday's game. Rice then released a statement the day before the game saying it was a poor choice of words. On game day, the early 5 p.m. tip-off was a huge family friendly draw, and fans came out in droves filling nearly every corner of the Taco Bell Arena.
Boise State guard Anthony Drmic scored a team-high 19 points, but there's little rest for the weary. Drmic, the Broncos and the rest of the Boise State student body will need to knuckle down for finals before they play host to three more teams at home: Illinois' Bradley University Braves on Sunday, Dec. 20; the University of California Davis Aggies on Wednesday, Dec. 30; and, in the first game of the new year, the Colorado State Rams on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2016.
Boise State is 7-4 this season. Oregon, the first ranked non-conference opponent to face the Broncos at home in eight years, is 7-2.