Boise State freshman Cam Christon dances as his teammates huddle around him prior to the start of Saturday’s game against San Diego State.
BOISE – Boise State’s Chandler Hutchison missed two game-tying shots in the final minute and the Broncos suffered a heartbreaking 77-72 loss to No. 24 Nevada on Wednesday night at Taco Bell Arena.
The Broncos now fall to 20-6 and 10-4 in Mountain West play, a full two games behind the Wolf Pack (22-5, 11-2 MW). Boise State’s chances of winning a Mountain West title are now all but gone, and earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament may be nearly impossible as well.
Boise State trailed 74-72 when Hutchison missed a 10-foot shot with about 20 seconds left. Christian Sengelder tapped out the offensive rebound for the Broncos, and a 3-pointer from Hutchison from the corner rimmed off.
The Broncos were forced to foul, and Cody Martin hit two free throws with 10.0 seconds left to seal the game.
Boise State’s Justinian Jessup couldn’t get the ball in bounds before a 5-second violation was called, and the Broncos were forced to foul again. Kendall Stephens added another free throw for insurance.
Nevada’s players taunted the crowd as they left the floor in celebration of what appears to be a second straight Mountain West title.
Lexus Williams had 15 points, Christian Sengfelder had 14 points and Hutchison had 13 points for the Broncos.
Boise State led 20-11, but Nevada rallied thanks in part to four made 3-pointers from Kendall Stephens.
The Wolf Pack used a 12-2 run to turn a 25-21 deficit into a 33-27 lead. The final score was a thunderous dunk from Caleb Martin, who appeared to taunt Chandler Hutchison afterwards but wasn’t called for a technical.
Boise State is just 2 of 12 from 3-point range after going 3 of 21 in the loss to Nevada down in Reno in January.
The Broncos have eight offensive rebounds and hold a 21-18 overall rebounding edge.
Nevada point guard Lindsey Drew had to be helped off the floor at the buzzer after missing a half-courter and falling hard to the floor.
Chris Sengfelder has eight points and Hutchison has seven for the Broncos, while Stephens has 12 and Caleb Martin has 10 points for Nevada.
BOISE — There’s no silly stunt or promise from coach Leon Rice to fans to help try and sell out Taco Bell Arena for tonight’s showdown with first-place Nevada.
The Broncos went 3 of 21 from 3-point range and had 15 turnovers yet led Nevada 63-60 with 4:30 to play. Nevada outscored the Broncos 14-5 to finish the game as Chandler Hutchison missed two shots in the final 90 seconds, one that would have tied the game and one that would have given them the lead.