December 14, 1997 in Sports

Boise Hotshots Do In WSU High-Scoring Trio Helps Broncos Dominate Cougars

Associated Press
 

Forward Roberto Bergersen scored 24 points and Mike Hagman added 15, including two clutch 3-point field goals in the final 5:23, as Boise State beat Washington State 79-72 Saturday.

The Broncos (6-1) overcame a Washington State rally on the strength of Hagman’s 3-point shooting, erasing a 58-54 deficit to take a 62-58 lead.

Guard Shane Flanagan, who scored 19 points, added a pair of free throws with 4:42 remaining to increase the lead to 64-58 and Boise State held on for the victory.

Washington State (5-3) took only its second lead of the game, 55-54, with 6:43 remaining on a three-point play by forward Carlos Daniel. Forward Kojo Mensah-Bonsu followed with his own three-point play to give the Cougars a 58-54 lead.

Boise State forward Mike Tolman hit a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 58-56, and Hagman followed with his two 3-pointers to give the Broncos the lead for good.

Boise State played without regular starters Gerry Washington and Kejuan Woods, who were suspended for one game because of a fight during Wednesday’s game with Idaho State.

Washington State was led by Mensah-Bonsu with 21 points. Daniel added 14 points and 11 rebounds and Rodrigo de la Fuente scored 13 points for the Cougars.

Boise St. 79, Washington St. 72

Washington St. (5-3) - Pengelly 2-5 3-4 9, de la Fuente 6-10 0-0 13, Mensah-Bonsu 9-12 3-6 21, Daniel 5-11 4-5 14, Crosby 2-9 0-0 6, Hutchens 0-0 0-0 0, Kazadi 2-4 1-3 6, Slotemaker 0-0 1-2 1, Nelson 1-2 0-1 2. Totals 27-53 12-21 72.

Boise St. (6-1) - Bergersen 10-18 3-3 24, Shephard 1-2 5-6 7, Van Kirk 2-4 4-6 8, Tolman 2-12 2-3 6, Hagman 5-7 2-2 15, Flanagan 4-6 10-14 19, Graham 0-1 0-0 0, Tillman 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-51 26-34 79.

Halftime-BSU 37, WSU 35. 3-Point goals-WSU 6-11 (Crosby 2-3, Pengelly 2-4, de la Fuente 1-1, Kazadi 1-3), BSU 5-14 (Hagman 3-4, Flanagan 1-1, Bergersen 1-5, Tolman 0-4). Fouled out-Pengelly, Daniel, Hagman. Rebounds- WSU 36 (Daniel 11), BSU 25 (Van Kirk 4, Flanagan 4). Assists-WSU 12 (Pengelly 4), BSU 14 (Tolman 5). Total fouls-WSU 27, BSU 22. A-6,436.

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