BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Derrick Marks scored 33 of his career-high 38 points in the second half to lead Boise State to a 78-65 victory over Colorado State on Saturday night.
Marks scored 24 consecutive Boise State points over a 10-minute stretch of the second half as the Broncos (20-8, 8-6 Mountain West) avenged a 77-57 loss to the Rams on Jan. 30.
Greg Smith scored 17 points and Dorian Green added 15 for Colorado State (22-7, 9-5), which has lost three of its last four games to drop into a second-place tie with Nevada-Las Vegas.
Marks’ output ties for fifth-most in Boise State history. He hit all 11 of his second-half shots to finish 13-of-18 from the field. His previous career best of 35 points came in a victory over Creighton on Nov. 28.
Colorado State’s only lead came on Smith’s basket just before halftime.
Wes Eikmeier added 14 points and Colton Iverson had 12 for the Rams, who missed an opportunity to tie the school mark for victories set in 1988-89.
Anthony Drmic added 15 points for Boise State but the night belonged to Marks, a sophomore guard.
Marks outscored Colorado State by himself in the second half – 33 to 29 – while becoming the fourth player in Broncos’ history to record three 30-point outings in a season.
His stretch of 24 straight Boise State points began with a three-point play with 17:59 to play as the Broncos turned a 36-34 halftime deficit into a four-point lead. Less than five minutes later, he drained a 3-pointer to make it 12 straight Boise State points to make the score 50-44, and prompting Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy to call a timeout.
Marks’ string of points ended with two free throws with 8:19 to play. Drmic followed with a driving basket to increase the Broncos’ lead to 64-52 with seven minutes remaining.
The Broncos’ lead topped out at 75-58 on two free throws by Marks with 3:11 remaining.
Colorado State was outrebounded for only the second time all season as Boise State had a 31-30 edge on the boards. The Rams shot just 32 percent in the second half – 42 percent overall – and were just 19-of-32 from the free-throw line.
Marks’ big performance came before a season-high crowd of 11,288 and catapulted Boise State to its 20th victory, marking just the 10th such season in program history. Leon Rice is the first Broncos’ coach to have two 20-win campaigns in his first three seasons at the school.
– By MIKE SULLIVAN, Associated Press
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