The threes were dropping in bunches as the Boise State Broncos men’s basketball team opened the 2017-18 season with two victories.
The Leon Rice era for the Boise State Broncos has often been highlighted by a deep team who loves to shoot the three.
Two games in and it looks like the Broncos are headed down the same road.
Victories over Eastern Oregon (NAIA) and Southern Utah won’t necessarily turn a lot of heads. Taking care of business will.
The Broncos knocked down 29 three-pointers in the two games, scoring 104 and 90 points, respectively.
Boise State, for the most part, looked impressive on both ends of the floor. There was a concerted effort to get the ball inside and one-on-play was limited (with players finding the extra pass and open player).
And if the first two games are any indication, the Boise State Broncos are going to have plenty of options on offense.
Sophomore Alex Hobbs has poured in 40 points in the two games, shooting 18-22 (81.8%) from the field. Fellow sophomore Justinian Jessup, coming off the bench both games, has totaled 37 points in knocking down nine 3’s.
Senior Chandler Hutchison has found ways to contribute even when not scoring. Both transfers, Lexus Williams and Christian Sengfelder, started the two games and are fitting in rather nicely.
All told, the first two games provided a little insight on how this season’s team will take shape.
A Sunday victory over S. Utah
The Broncos started with a bit of a lag on Sunday, of which I’ll credit staying up late from the football team’s exciting win on Saturday night.
Boise State found themselves down 14-11 about halfway through the first half. They traded a few baskets but still trailed 17-16 with 7:56 left.
From there, the Broncos outscored S. Utah 26-12 to close out the half and lead 42-29 at the break.
The Broncos shot 60% in the first half and kept the pressure on in the second. The result was a 90-69 victory.
BANG!! Jessup gets the iso and drains his fifth three of the game! pic.twitter.com/1MQFRri28j
— Boise State MBB (@BroncoSportsMBB) November 12, 2017
Jessup had 22 points, one of four Boise State players in double figures. Hobbs had 19, Sengfelder had 14 (hitting three 3’s, now with seven on the season), and Robin Jorch added 10. Jorch also picked up three charges, again proving his worth on defense.
Hutchison only scored seven points, but had six rebounds and five assists.
Hitting the century mark to open the season
The Boise State Broncos trailed 2-0 to open the season.
They promptly followed it up with a 10-0 run and never trailed the rest of the game.
Taking advantage of their size over E. Oregon, the Broncos went to Zach Haney early. Haney grabbed a bucket, but missed some easy shots around the rim.
The Broncos also had a few mental lapses early in the half, notably on an inbounds pass after a made E. Oregon basket.
All told, though, it was a good night in which the bench was emptied. Four players scored in double figures, led by Hobbs (21) on 9-9 shooting.
— Boise State MBB (@BroncoSportsMBB) November 11, 2017
Hutchison had 20 points, 8 rebounds, and six assists while Jessup and Sengfelder each scored 15.
Freshman Cam Christon scored 8 points and sophomore Casdon Jardine scored nine points.
Video via Boise State Men’s Basketball Facebook.
It was a great start to the season for the Broncos. The competition will step up a notch when Boise State travels to Myrtle Beach, S.C. this week. They will take part in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament (Moved from Puerto Rico due to the hurricane).
Boise State will open up play on Thursday at noon (MDT) against UTEP. They will follow that up with a Friday game against either Illinois State or South Carolina.