Boise St. 68, San Jose St. 65
BOISE, Idaho (AP)—Coby Karl scored Boise State’s last nine points in the final 2:07 Thursday night and finished with a game-high 20 as the Broncos handed struggling San Jose State its seventh consecutive loss, 68-65, in a Western Athletic Conference game.
San Jose State, which trailed most of the game, took a 63-59 lead with 2:31 remaining on two free throws and a basket by Alex Elam. But Karl responded with a 3-point play and two free throws as BSU went back on top 64-63 with 1:46 left. The Spartans’ Carlton Spencer answered with a basket to give his team a 65-64 lead with 1:24 left. But Karl hit two free throws with 33 seconds left and two more with nine seconds to go to lead Boise State (9-7, 2-3) to the win.
San Jose State (4-12, 0-3) had a chance to tie the game with a 3-pointer, but Spencer’s shot at the buzzer was off the mark.
Karl had five rebounds, three assists and was 11 of 11 from the free throw line as Boise State ended a two-game losing streak. Matt Bauscher scored 13 for the Broncos while Eric Lane had 11 and Tez Banks had 10. Boise State committed a season-high 23 turnovers.
Spencer, Elam and Demetrius Brown had 13 each for San Jose State, which has lost 11 of its last 12 games.
Led by Bauscher’s 11 points, Boise State built a 30-14 lead with 3:43 remaining in the first half. But San Jose State outscored the Broncos 13-2 in the final 3:30 before intermission to cut its halftime deficit to 32-27.