It’s safe to say Justinian Jessup has been in a zone the last four games for the Boise State Broncos.
Jessup knocked down six three-pointers in the second half and the Broncos picked up their first conference win with a 75-64 victory over the Colorado State Rams.
The senior guard finished with a career-high 27 points. He also connected on 7 threes (on 11 attempts), now giving him 254 for his career and passing Abe Jackson for third on the all-time list.
In Jessup’s last four games he is averaging 23 points per game while knocking down 18 three-pointers.
Redshirt junior Derrick Alston continued his strong start to the season as well. Alston finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds, his second double-double of the season.
After a streaky first half of shooting, Boise State (5-3, 1-1) came out firing in the second half. They shot 46.7 percent from the field and were 8-14 from deep. The Broncos also only missed one free throw all game (11-12), turned the ball over only 10 times, and outrebounded the Rams (6-5, 0-2) by two.
The Broncos also played solid defense on Rams star Niko Carvacho. The senior center finished with 11 points and 9 rebounds.
Early on, it looked as if the Boise State Broncos would run away with this one.
Senior Robin Jorch, who was given the start over RJ Williams, went to work right away. He didn’t back down against Carvacho, scoring three quick baskets as Boise State took a 6-0 lead.
The Broncos started 5-7 from the field, racing out to a lead as large as eight.
But Colorado State battled back and Boise State struggled from deep. The Broncos missed their first eight 3-point attempts, with Alston finally hitting one with 8:09 left in the half.
The lead remained between three and five for the Broncos until Rams forward Adam Thistlewood hit a three with 6:46 left in the half.
Williams followed that up with a nice drive that ended with a one-handed jam to give the Broncos the lead.
RJ Williams splits the defense and throws it down! pic.twitter.com/s6BdmUwCub
— Boise State MBB (@BroncoSportsMBB) December 8, 2019
The game would go back and forth the rest of the half, with a David Roddy three giving Colorado State a 33-32 lead at the break.
A three-pointer by Colorado State’s Kris Martin put the Rams up four to start the half. Boise State’s Marcus Dickinson missed a three-point attempt on the Broncos second possession and things looked as if they’d be a repeat of the first half.
Then Jessup happened.
After a Martin missed three, Jessup hit his first three of the half. Over the next eight minutes, he would hit four more, Alston would hit one of his own (from the Mountain West logo), and the Broncos led 53-47 with 11:44 left.
The Broncos never trailed again, leading anywhere from 8 to 11 points the rest of the way. The Rams weren’t able to get any closer than five as Boise State picked up their first Mountain West win of the 2019-20 season.
Williams finished with 8 points and 8 rebounds for the Broncos, while Alex Hobbs had six points and dished out six assists.
Roddy also had 11 points for Colorado State.
Boise State is next in action on December 11, when they travel to face Tulsa (6:00 pm MT).