FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Junior guard Daniel Bejarano led all scorers with 23 points, but it was not enough as Colorado State (14-13, 5-9 MW) dropped its third consecutive contest, 84-72, against Boise State on Tuesday night.
"We lost to a very good team tonight," Head Coach Larry Eustachy said. "I love the way that we just kept fighting. We make mistakes, but we play through them. We just got beat by older and more skilled guys tonight."
Junior forward J.J. Avila was second on the team with 13 points and a career-high eight assists, while junior guard Dwight Smith and freshman guard Carlton Hurst each scored 11 to provide the Rams with valuable contributions off of the bench.
"Carlton was the hardest playing guy on the court and Dwight is finally getting healthy again; he competed really well," Eustachy said of his two reserves. "It's definitely ositive that those guys can give us that from here on out."
It was not enough to keep pace with a Boise State offense that shot lights-out from the field, however. Led by junior guard Anthony Drmic's 19 points, five rebounds and five assists, the Broncos shot a blistering 54.7 percent from the field, including 13-22 (59.1 percent) from the three-point line.
"He's the best shooter in the league, no question about it," Eustachy said of Drmic. "He's the best shooter I've seen in a long time; we just lost him at times."
Providing nice balance for Boise State, Colorado native Thomas Bropleh added 18 points, all in the second half, and Derrick Marks scored 13.
The two teams statistically were very even for much of the game, which featured two ties and three lead changes. The Rams led by as much as six points in the first half, but a 12-0 run by the Broncos put Boise State ahead for good at 31-25 with 5:41 left in the first half.
The Rams got as close as four points in the second half, but couldn't manage to get enough stops to counter Boise State's hot shooting from the outside. In the end, Boise State outscored the Rams by 21 points from the three-point line, connecting on 13 three-pointers compared to just six for CSU, which proved to be the difference in the game.
"They're a good three-point shooting tea, and they proved it." Smith said.
Colorado State returns to action for a showdown against Border War rival Wyoming, which sits in fourth place in the Mountain West, on Saturday afternoon. The game, which will be CSU's annual Orange Out game to honor the tradition of the school's past history as the Colorado A&M Aggies, will tip off at 4 p.m. MT and will be televised on ROOT Sports.