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Sam Mills hit three 3s, Galloway scored his first points off a drive to the basket, and Garland and D.J. Peterson made layups for a 22-12 midway through the first half, prompting Boise State to call a timeout.

The Explorers would never be seriously threatened again.

Coming out of the timeout, Galloway took a charge from Watkins under the basket, then went down the court and hit a 3. Garland’s alley-oop pass to Galloway for a dunk off a fast break gave La Salle its biggest lead, 31-17, with 5:24 left in the half. La Salle led 35-27 at the break.

Six-foot-8 forward Jerrell Wright _ the Explorers’ inside threat _ scored four baskets in the first five minutes of the second half, keeping La Salle in control. Mills’ 3-pointer extended the lead back to 14 points with 14 minutes to go.

Drmic kept the Broncos in the game, scoring 14 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half. But Boise State couldn’t stop La Salle’s balanced offense long enough to make a run until the closing minutes.

Marks’ pull-up jumper cut it to 74-68 with 1:51 left, the closest the Broncos had been since the opening minute of the second half. The comeback ended there.

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