Counts’ 3-pointer lifts Loyola Marymount over Boise St. 76-74
BOISE, Idaho (AP)—Corey Counts hit a desperation 3-pointer with one second left on the shot clock and 15 seconds left in the game Saturday to cap a torrid second-half comeback and lift Loyola Marymount to a 76-74 non-conference basketball victory over Boise State.
Counts’ bank shot from the top of the key put the Lions up 75-72. Two free throws by Boise State’s Anthony Thomas closed it to 75-74 with 9.5 seconds left.
Shawn Deadwiler then hit the front end of a one-and-one with seven seconds left for Loyola Marymount.
Thomas drove to the hoop at the buzzer but his layup was blocked by Deadwiler.
The second-half comeback by Loyola Marymount (3-7), of the West Coast Conference, turned the tables on Boise State (6-3), of the Western Athletic Conference. Boise State dominated the first half, surging ahead 17-4 with 11:43 left in the first half.
After holding a 41-28 lead at halftime, Boise State was outscored 27-12 by the Lions to open the second half. Loyola Marymount took its first lead, 55-53, with 12:10 left.
The game was tied nine times in the last 10 minutes as neither team led by more than two points until Counts’ 3-pointer with 15 seconds left.
Boise State’s forward combo of Reggie Larry and Matt Nelson scored 21 and 20 points, respectively, and grabbed 12 and 11 rebounds to lead the Broncos.
Loyola Marymount, which shot only 18 percent in BSU’s run to open the game, was led by Orlando Johnson with 16 points. Tim Diederichs added 14 points, Jon Ziri had 13 and Marko Deric scored 10. Johnson added 11 rebounds.