BSU uses 3-pointer, two overtimes to grab key home victory

Lexus Williams only made one buzzer-beater in high school.

Eleven games into his Boise State men’s basketball career, the senior point guard has two.

The 6-foot graduate transfer from Valparaiso made a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left in regulation Wednesday night at Taco Bell Arena to force overtime with Grand Canyon.

The Broncos then survived a near buzzer-beater from the Antelopes (7-3) in the first overtime — the ball went partially into the cylinder before popping out — and led throughout the second overtime, completing an 85-80 win.

“As soon as I got the ball in my hands, I knew that I wanted to put it up,” Williams said. “I wasn’t scared in the moment, and thank God it went in.”

At Oregon on Dec. 1, Williams’ halfcourt, buzzer-beating 3 gave Boise State the victory and ended the Ducks’ 46-game home winning streak, which was the longest in the nation at the time.

“These are the ones that you look at at the end of the year and you say, ‘We’re here because of them,’ ” Boise State senior Chandler Hutchison said. “These are the ones that shape us as a team. We’re not going to remember the ones that we’re winning by 40, shooting great, playing great.

“It’s going to be the ones where we had to find somehow a way to win.”

The Broncos (10-1) trailed the preseason WAC favorites for much of regulation, shooting an uncharacteristic 1 for 10 from 3-point range in the first half.

“I’m really proud of our guys. Nothing came easy,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said. “… They just continued to fight and in the end got it done.”

Hutchison gave Boise State its first lead on a slashing drive to the basket that ended with a dunk and the foul with 10:58 to play in the second half. The senior, who was featured in an SI.com article earlier in the day, was so pumped after the play that he began giving high-fives to fans sitting courtside.

Hutchison led all scorers with 27 points and 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season and 16th of his career. He also became Boise State’s 28th 1,000-point scorer in program history midway through the second half.

“(Hutchison) just wants to get better, and mark my words, you’re going to see a guy late February, March that’s way better than the guy you just saw tonight,” Rice said. “And the guy you just saw tonight is pretty darn good.”

1214 bsumbgcu09Boise State’s Chandler Hutchison gives the Broncos the first lead of the game with a drive into the paint in the second half against Grand Canyon on Wednesday at Taco Bell Arena in Boise.

Hutchison’s jaw-dropping move was just one of many plays the Broncos had to make down the stretch to stay perfect at home against nonconference teams the past four seasons. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Broncos are 24-0 in Taco Bell Arena against nonconference foes.

But there will be little time to relish their latest win, as the Broncos travel to SMU (8-3) for a Monday matchup that will be broadcast on ESPNU. Tipoff is 7 p.m. MT.

“We have tomorrow off to recover,” Rice said. “I’m pretty tired, and I didn’t play 47, 45, 44 minutes tonight like those guys.”

BOISE ST. 85, GRAND CANYON 80 (2OT)

GRAND CANYON (7-3): Lever 3-10 3-4 10, Vernon 6-10 3-3 15, Aidoo 1-1 0-0 3, Braun 3-15 2-4 10, Benson 4-16 5-6 16, Jackson 1-2 0-0 2, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Blumbergs 2-7 0-0 4, Carr 5-11 0-0 11, Martin 1-2 0-0 3, Frayer 2-5 2-2 6. Totals 28-79 15-19 80. BOISE ST. (10-1): Haney 1-1 1-2 3, Sengfelder 4-11 4-6 12, Hutchison 10-23 6-12 27, Williams 4-4 2-3 12, Jessup 5-10 6-7 18, Wacker 0-0 0-0 0, Jorch 1-1 0-0 2, Dickinson 1-5 3-5 5, Hobbs 2-4 2-2 6. Totals 28-59 24-37 85. Halftime—Grand Canyon 36-30. End Of Regulation—Tied 63. End Of 1st Overtime—Tied 69. 3-Point Goals—Grand Canyon 9-32 (Benson 3-9, Braun 2-8, Aidoo 1-1, Martin 1-2, Carr 1-3, Lever 1-3, Jackson 0-1, Vernon 0-1, Frayer 0-2, Blumbergs 0-2), Boise St. 5-24 (Williams 2-2, Jessup 2-6, Hutchison 1-6, Dickinson 0-4, Sengfelder 0-6). Fouled Out—Benson, Blumbergs. Rebounds—Grand Canyon 44 (Vernon 12), Boise St. 44 (Hutchison 11). Assists—Grand Canyon 16 (Carr 5), Boise St. 10 (Jessup 4). Total Fouls—Grand Canyon 29, Boise St. 20. A—4,628 (12,480).

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