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Boise State beats Southern Utah 62-59

Boise State beats Southern Utah 62-59

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Paul Noonan delivered two clutch free throws with three seconds remaining as Boise State withstood a last-minute charge by Southern Utah and beat the Thunderbirds 62-59 on Saturday night.

Anthony Thomas scored 16 points for Boise State, including all four 3-point attempts. His final 3-pointer came as the play clock expired with 1:20 left in the game and put the Broncos up 60-54.

Southern Utahs Dave Marek responded with five straight points, pulling the Thunderbirds to within one, 60-59, with 8.7 seconds remaining.

Noonan's two throws then assured the victory as a final shot at the buzzer from mid-court fell short for the Thunderbirds.

Southern Utah (1-4), of the Summit League, was led by Tyler Quinney and Davis Baker with 16 points each, John Clifford with 11 and Marek with 10. Clifford pulled down 13 rebounds.

Jamar Greene added 10 points for Boise State (4-1) of the Western Athletic Conference.

The game was close throughout. Boise States biggest lead was nine in the first half. Southern Utah led only once, 37-33, early in the second half.

Boise State was hot from the field, shooting 80 percent in the first 12 minutes and making 55 percent of its field goal attempts for the game, including 7 of 14 from three-point range.

Southern Utah hit 42 percent from the field, and only 30 percent from 3-point range -- 4-for-13.

Boise State opened a 21-14 lead midway through the first half on four successive 3-pointers, two each by Greene and Thomas.

The Thunderbirds pulled within 31-30 at the half as Quinney muscled 10 points under the basket and Boise States field goal shooting cooled.

The Thunderbirds took their only lead of the game, 35-33, at 18:25 of the second half on their first 3-pointer, by Marek. Quinney scored underneath and the Thunderbirds led 37-33 with three minutes gone in the second half.

Boise State then scored seven points while holding the Thunderbirds scoreless for more than six minutes to regain the lead 40-37.

Boise State got 22 points from players coming off the bench, compared with only four for the Thunderbirds.

Baker entered the game as Southern Utahs leading scorer, averaging 17 points per game. He was held in check by the Broncos in the first half, scoring only four points, but came back in the second half to finish near his season average with 16.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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