Anthony Thomas scored 10 of his team-high 13 points in the final seven minutes, including a 3-pointer that broke a 47-all tie with 2:10 remaining, as Boise State held on to defeat Hawai'i 54-49 on Saturday night.
With Boise State ahead 42-41 and 7:13 left in the game, Thomas
hit a free throw and back-to-back layups to keep the Broncos up
with Hawaii, which was matching BSU in scoring to tie the game at
47 with 2:23 left.
Thomas then hit a 3-pointer and another field goal and forward
Paul Noonan added two free throws to seal the win for the Broncos
(11-3, 3-0 Western Athletic Conference).
Hawai'i (9-7, 1-3) was led by Roderick Fleming with a game-high
17 points while Petra Balocka added eight points and eight
Noonan was the only other scorer in double figures for the
Broncos with 10 points.
Hawai'i turned cold the end of the first half and eight minutes
to start the second, hitting only one field goal over 11:30
The Broncos led 33-23 at halftime, but went cold midway through
the second half, allowing the Rainbow Warriors to take their only
lead of the game 44-43 with 6:50 remaining on a 3-pointer by
That's when Thomas went on a tear with two successive layups, a
3-pointer, and another field goal to put Boise State in control of
Both teams shot poorly from the field. Boise State connected on
only 35 percent from the field and hit just 5-for-16 3-pointers
while Hawai'i hit only 33 percent of its field goals and just
3-for-10 from beyond the arch. Hawai'i also struggled from the free
throw lines, hitting 2-of-5 in the first half, but improving to
14-of-23 for the game.