LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) -- Reggie Larry scored 16 of his 26 points in the second half and Boise State survived a shaky start, beating Hawaii 80-74 in the WAC tournament quarterfinals Thursday.
Tyler Tiedeman scored 14 points and Matt Nelson added 10 as the Broncos (23-8) advanced to Friday's semifinals against Utah State, which beat San Jose State 85-65 in another quarterfinal.After trailing by as many as nine points, Boise State began the second half with a 12-2 run to make it a game. It was tied at 60 with six minutes remaining when Larry scored inside to put the Broncos ahead for good.From there, Boise State hit 15-of-18 from the free throw line over the final 4:09.Larry had nine rebounds and missed matching a career scoring high by one point. He had 10 points at halftime, hitting 7-of-8 from the free throw line, then took over as the Broncos got him more involved underneath.After making 1-of-6 from the floor in the first half, Larry was 7-for-10 after the break.Hawaii (11-19) ended the season on a seven-game losing streak, its longest since the 1995-96 season, and hasn't won in the WAC quarterfinals since 2005. The Warriors had their first losing season in nine years under first-year coach Bob Nash.Riley Luettgerodt and Matt Gibson each scored 17 while Jared Dillinger added 14 and Bill Amis scored 10.Hawaii trailed 64-60 after Dillinger made consecutive 3-pointers with 5:51 remaining, but they were forced to foul down the stretch and the Broncos answered the challenge.Boise State swept the season series with Hawaii but the Broncos were sluggish this time, hitting 6-of-18 from the field in the first half and matching their 40-minute average with 15 turnovers.The Warriors led 35-27 at the break, but the Broncos attacked the rim to open the second half. Larry scored twice, Nelson added a hook and it was tied at 37 with 16 minutes to play after Thomas swished a 3-pointer.