Courtesy: Boise State
March 26, 2013
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Tyrone Garland led La Salle's guard-driven offense with 22 points, and the Explorers wrapped up the NCAA Tournament's First Four by getting the better of an old-fashioned shootout, beating Boise State 80-71 on Wednesday night, at University of Dayton Arena.
The Broncos' Anthony Drmic led all scorers with 28 points, the most in Boise State's tournament history. Drmic was 9-for-17 from the field, including 5-of-10 from three-point range.
Ramon Galloway, one of the Atlantic 10's top scorers, added 21 points in a fast-paced offense that got many good looks. The Explorers shot 63 percent from the field - 16 of 22 in the second half.
In its first NCAA Tournament game since 2008, Boise State fell behind by as many as 14 in the first half. A 10-4 run in the final 5:24 of the half brought the Broncos within eight at the break.
La Salle stretched its advantage back to 14 with 5:20 to play in the game before Drmic and Derrick Marks fueled one final comeback effort. A Marks floater had the Broncos down six with just under two minutes to play. The Explorers remained efficient down the stretch and never let Boise State get any closer.
Marks scored 12 of his 14 points in the last eight-and-a-half minutes of the game.
Boise State knocked down seven three-pointers for the game, but the Explorers shot 11-of-21 from beyond the arc.
Thirteenth-seeded Boise State (21-11) got its first at-large bid and was looking for the first NCAA tournament win in its history. The Broncos couldn't keep up in a game of top-this shooting. Boise State shot 49 percent while falling to 0-6 all-time in the NCAA tournament.
The 13th-seeded Explorers (22-9) play fourth-seeded Kansas State on Friday.