No. 24 Oregon's rally comes up short
BOISE, Idaho — Leon Rice and Boise State finally got their signature win.
Anthony Drmic scored 19 points, and the Broncos overcame a double-digit deficit in the first half and held on to beat No. 24 Oregon 74-72 Saturday.
For Boise State (7-4), it was the first win over a ranked team in four tries this season. The Broncos already had lost twice to Arizona and to Michigan State.
"It's a great win," Boise State coach Rice said. "We've just run a gauntlet of great teams, and this is only going to make us better."
James Webb III had 12 points and Mikey Thompson added 11 as the Broncos beat Oregon for the first time in six tries. It was also Boise State's first home win against a ranked opponent since beating then-No. 21 Utah State on Feb. 14, 2009.
Oregon (7-2) fought back from a 67-50 deficit with 6:47 left to have a chance to win or force overtime. Dillon Brooks, who finished with a game-high 26 points, drove to the basket but his shot was off the mark as time expired.
"(Chandler Hutchison) was really close to me, so I couldn't pull up for a 3," said Brooks, who made 5 of 10 3-pointers. "I drove it, the big man stepped up and then no call. It was my time to finish it and tie the game up, but it didn't fall."
Elgin Cook scored 22 points for Oregon, which lost for the second time in three games to a Mountain West team. The Ducks did play without leading scorer Tyler Dorsey and have been without star guard Dylan Ennis all season.
"I'll tell you this — that Oregon team is going to be special when they get those guards back," Rice said.
Oregon made eight of its first 10 shots and led 21-11 early. But the Ducks went on a scoring drought that lasted nearly six minutes as a 13-0 run by Boise State gave the Broncos a 24-21 lead. The Broncos wouldn't trail again as the Ducks managed only three free throws in the final 5:18 of the half and missed 16 of their final 18 shots of the half.
Boise State led 41-28 at halftime and built the lead to 17 before the Ducks came back. Oregon forced five turnovers and made four 3-pointers in the final 4:44 to nearly pull off the comeback win.
NO. 7 OREGON STATE 69, IDAHO 44: At Corvallis, Sydney Wiese had 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Oregon State.
Gabriella Hanson and Taylor Kalmer each scored 10 points for Oregon State (7-0). Ruth Hamblin added nine points and 13 rebounds.
Taylor Pierce scored 12 points for the Vandals (7-3). Idaho shot just 20.3 percent.
Wiese now stands at 1,000 points for her career. The junior guard became the 19th player in Oregon State history to reach the mark.
Oregon State took a 9-0 lead as the Vandals missed their first nine shots, and led 20-4 after the first quarter.
Idaho shot 1-for-18 in the third quarter, got outscored 20-5 and fell behind 53-29.