Derrick Marks nearly led Boise State past Michigan State, only to leave his coach upset that foolish fouls had taken him out of the game.
Marks' 24 points, including 11-for-12 work at the foul line, weren't quite enough as he fouled out with 2:37 left and Leon Rice's Broncos lost to No. 15 Michigan State 74-70.
''We just wanted to come in and attack them,'' said Marks, whose team that already had beaten Texas Southern, Oakland and Louisiana in the five-team Spartan Shootout.
But his coach could only wonder what might have happened if Marks could have stayed in the game instead of letting Michigan State's Keith Appling take over the game.
''One of the keys was that Derrick Marks has to be able to stay to stay in the game,'' Rice said. ''There aren't too many guys who can make a play on them, and he's one of those guys. But when I look at this tape, I'll see that he had three preposterous fouls.''
He will see the moment when Tom Izzo told Appling, ''OK, Big Boy, it's time,'' the ...