Extraordinary overtime at Boise State -- where UNLV guard Deville Smith raced up the middle of the court and fired in a last-millisecond 3-pointer to give the Rebels a 93-91 victory against the Broncos, with all the celebratory trimmings -- only to have it waved off by the officials who had initially ruled the shot good before reviewing courtside video and deciding that ... well, it was not good.
The basketball was still on his finger tips when the clock hit 0:00, and Boise State won 91-90.
Extraordinary actually came before that, though, with Derrick Marks rallying from a sub-par 40 minutes of basketball to score all 13 of the Broncos' points in overtime.
Marks, who has hit 44.6% of his shots and is third in the conference in points per 40 minutes with 21.5, was 0 of 2 in the first half, 2 of 6 in the second half and had not scored over the final 6:50.
But he hit a 3-pointer for the Broncos' first points in OT and drove into the lane for a fall-away jumper from about 12 feet with 3 seconds to play for their last points of the extra time and what he hoped was -- and turned out to be -- the game-winning shot.
In between, he scored on a drive to the basket, one jump shot, then another and two free throws.
Marks is not the only Mountain West men's basketball player to score all of a team's points in overtime -- Wyoming guard Riley Grabau had all five of the Cowboys' points in a loss to New Mexico last month, Air Force guard Max Yon scored the Falcons' two points in a loss at Nevada and last season former Fresno State forward Jerry Brown had the Bulldogs' only points in a loss at Wyoming.
But Marks did score more points than 12 of the other 15 teams that have gone to overtime in conference games this season -- Nevada scored 20 in a double-overtime victory at Fresno State, San Diego State had 17 in an overtime victory at Utah State and Nevada had 15 in a victory over the Air Force.
And the 13 points in overtime is the most in a Mountain West game since Jay Straight pumped in 13 in a 41-point effort in a loss at Colorado State on Feb. 26, 2005.
The top overtime performances in the conference over the past 10 seasons:
- Derrick Marks, Boise State: 13 points in 91-90 victory vs. UNLV, Feb. 22, 2014
- Jay Straight, Wyoming: 13 points in 96-94 loss at Colorado State, Feb. 26, 2005
- Marcus Walker, Colorado State: 12 points in 81-79 loss vs. New Mexico, Feb. 28, 2009*
- Austin Ainge, BYU: 12 points in 82-72 victory at UNLV, Feb. 5, 2005
- Xavier Thames, San Diego State: 10 points in 74-69 victory at Utah State, Jan. 25, 2014
- Tyler Kepkay, Utah: 10 points in 94-88 victory vs. BYU, Jan. 27, 2009
- Wes Eikmeyer, Colorado State: 9 points in 95-89 victory vs. Texas Christian, Jan. 14, 2012*
- Anthony Marshall, UNLV: 9 points in 102-97 loss at Texas Christian, Feb. 14, 2012
- Jamaal Smith, New Mexico: 9 points in 99-92 victory at Wyoming, Jan. 5, 2008*
Note: There have been seven players that have scored eight points in overtime.
But what matters is 0:00 on the clock.
Speaking to a reporter after the game, official Randy McCall cited rule 11, section 1, article 2.
"In games with a tenth of a second game clock display and where an official courtside monitor is used, reading of zeros on the game clock is to be used to determine whether a try for goal, shot clock violation or foul occurred before the expiration of time in any period," McCall said. "When the game clock is not visible -- but in this case it was visible -- when it is not visible the official shall verify the original call with the use of red LED lights. Third, when the lights are not visible, we may use a game horn."
- Boise State 84, at Colorado State 72
- at Wyoming 72, Fresno State 66
- San Jose State 66, at Nevada 64
- at San Diego State 60, Utah State 45
- New Mexico 68, at UNLV 56
- Nevada 75, at Air Force 56
- at Colorado State 82, Wyoming 67
- at Boise State 91, UNLV 90 (OT)
- Fresno State 79, at Utah State 76
- at New Mexico 58, San Diego State 44
Just a guess, but the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie probably isn't the favorite stop in the Mountain West for Fresno State coach Rodney Terry.
When the Bulldogs went up there last season, they were called for 24 fouls to only 10 for the Cowboys and Wyoming shot 33 free throws to only eight for Fresno State, which made a significant difference in a 55-51 overtime loss. Terry was a tad perturbed after that game, and ended up with a reprimand from the conference after comments he made about the officiating.
Two of the words he used: horrible and ridiculous. (Not that he was wrong.)
So what happens this year? Wyoming goes to the line 37 times in the second half, including 29 over the final 11 minutes and win by six, 72-66. Coming in, the most free throws the Cowboys had taken in a conference game this season had been 26 against San Diego State.
Now, the Bulldogs can't really blame the officials this time -- their inability to stay in front of the ball had them fouling a lot. But in making 33 of 44 free throws, Wyoming put Fresno State on a dubious list for a second time. Over the past 10 years, only three teams have scored a higher percentage of their points at the free-throw line in a conference game:
- Utah: 31 of 61 points at FT line (50.8%) in 73-61 loss at UNLV in 2010
- Nevada: 23 of 47 points at FT line (48.9%) in 73-47 loss at Boise State in 2013
- Utah: 30 of 64 points at FT line (46.9%) in 63-50 victory over Colorado State in 2005
- Wyoming: 33 of 72 points at FT line (45.8%) in 72-66 victory over Fresno State in 2014
- Nevada: 30 of 68 points at FT line (44.1%) in 68-61 victory at Fresno State in 2013
- San Diego State: 25 of 58 points at FT line (43.1%) in 58-56 victory over Boise State in 2012
- Fresno State had only three turnovers in its victory at Utah State, which is the fewest it has had in a game since ... the last time it played the Aggies. The Bulldogs turned it over three times in a 60-54 victory at the Save Mart Center on Feb. 4, 2012, when they were in the Western Athletic Conference.
- San Diego State point guard Xavier Thames has not committed a turnover in the Aztecs' past four games, a span of 159 consecutive minutes -- the last 24 against Nevada, 35 at Wyoming and against the Air Force, 30 against Utah State and 35 last Saturday at New Mexico.
- Of course, Thames also was 3 of 15 in the Aztecs' 58-44 loss in Albuquerque,which dropped the Aztecs into a tie with the Lobos for the conference lead at 12-2. In their three losses (to Arizona, at Wyoming and at New Mexico), Thames is a combined 11 of 47 (23.4%) and 3 of 15 (20%) on 3-pointers.
- The loss to the Lobos marked the 11th time in 26 games that San Diego State has hit less than 40% of its shots, and a new bottom. The Aztecs had made only 33.3% in beating Fresno State. New Mexico coach Craig Neal: "We wanted to give them space. We wanted them to make jump shots over us."
- Boise State scored 56 points in the paint in that victory over UNLV -- 16 more than the Rebels had allowed in any of their first 13 conference games.
- Air Force put up only 56 points in a 75-56 loss to Nevada, the eighth game in a row the Falcons have failed to crack 60. They averaged 71.1 points in their first six conference games, 55.4 in their past eight.}
- Utah State coach Stew Morrill still is sitting on 599 career victories, after a loss to Fresno State at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum extended the Aggies' losing streak to three games. This week, they are at New Mexico (good luck) and at San Jose State (good chance).
The reporter can be reached at rkuwada@fresno bee.com or @rkuwada on Twitter. His "Mountain West: Week in Review" report runs Wednesdays during the Fresno State football and basketball seasons. Read his daily updates at www.fresno bee.com/bulldogs.