Derrick Marks: ‘We Can’t Play Perfect’

Boise State overcame a 12-point deficit to beat Colorado State, 82-78, at home on Tuesday – and Derrick Marks had a lot to do with it. Marks scored 28 points, including 26 in the second half, and hit a three-pointer with 1:20 to go to cap a 7-0 run and lead the Broncos to their fifth straight win.

Marks shot 8-of-17 from the floor, 3-of-4 from three-point range and 9-of-10 form the line. He also had three rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Gosh, what didn’t he do out there?

“I don’t know,” Marks said on Ferrall on the Bench, chuckling. “That’s a better question for y’all. I wasn’t watching.”

Marks, along with James Webb III (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Mikey Thompson (14 points, four assists), made baskets when the Broncos needed them the most. In fact, they combined to shoot 8-of-12 from three-point range, as both teams hit 12 threes for the game.

“They are a good team,” Marks said of Colorado State. “They’re a physical team and they can shoot. And that causes a lot of problems for teams in our conference.”

Both teams had almost identical shooting days: 45.8 percent from the floor and 48 percent from three-point range for Colorado State, and 45.2 and 54.5, respectively, for Boise State. The Broncos also hit 14-of-16 free throws (87.5 percent).

“We have the utmost confidence in our shots,” Marks said. “When we feel like we have an open shot, we’re going to shoot it and make it.”

While Colorado State shot well from the field, it didn’t come easy. Boise State forced 14 turnovers while committing only seven.

“In the first half, I think we started the game with three turnovers in a row and then we stopped pressing,” Marks said. “After that, it was kind of back and forth. And in the last four minutes, we got all the stops that we needed.”

Boise State, with its guard-heavy lineup, got out-rebounded 39-27, but had five players make at least two three-pointers, including Nick Duncan (six points, five, rebounds, two assists) and Igor Hadziomerovic (10 points, three rebounds, three assists).

Indeed, the Broncos are small, but they are fast, and they are effective.

“It’s been the Boise State style ever since I’ve been here,” Marks said. “So the past three years I’ve been playing on teams like this.”

Boise State scored a ho-hum 30 points in the first half before erupting for 52 in the second. Scott Ferrall asked if that was the best half the Broncos have played all season.

“Yeah, I think so,” Marks said. “But I also think we could do better. We had a couple mental mistakes, but we can’t play perfect.”

It’s been a streaky year for Boise State (15-6, 5-3), which won six straight, lost four straight and has now won five straight. The Broncos will go for their second six-game winning streak of the season when they play at Utah State (12-8, 5-3) on Feb 3. Tip-off is at 9:30 p.m. ET.

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