A trap of playing a last place team that’s entering the game with a 12-game losing streak is finding the right amount of energy and concentration.
There was no such issue on Saturday for the Boise State Broncos men’s basketball team.
The Broncos (11-13, 6-5) raced out to a 15-0 lead, led by as many as 53, and walked away with an easy 105-57 win over the San Jose State Spartans Saturday (3-19, 0-10) afternoon at Taco Bell Arena.
Derrick Alston had a career-high 33 points, leading five Broncos who reached double digits in scoring. Alston connected on 12-15 from the field (5 of 7 from deep) as he bested his mark of 30 points he put up against San Diego State earlier this season.
All nine players who saw action scored for the Broncos. After Alston, R.J. Williams came off the bench with 22 points (16 in the second half). Alex Hobbs (17), Marcus Dickinson (11), and Justinian Jessup (10) reached double digits as well.
Knocking down 71 percent from the floor in the second-half, Boise State finished with a 62.5 percentage mark from the field. This included connecting on 15 of 30 from three-point range.
Broncos hit the century mark with about 2:40 remaining on a Williams bucket. This marked the first time Boise State scored over 100 since a November 2017 victory over Eastern Oregon.
The Broncos came out hot, connecting on five 3’s as each starter — outside of David Wacker — knocked down at least one three.
San Jose State didn’t score until the 16:10 mark and used a 10-2 run to draw within 7 at 17-10.
This was a close as the Spartans would get the rest of the game. They managed to keep it within 12-15 points most of the first half even as Boise State didn’t commit a turnover until close to the five-minute mark.
Jessup even had a chance to show off his dunking skills after a nice steal:
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An Alston three put the Broncos up 18 with just over two minutes to go in the half. That would be the margin at halftime, with the Broncos up 46-28.
It was more of the same for the Boise State Broncos in the second half. After struggling on defense for the last couple of games, they had a good chance to settle in against the Spartans. The Broncos had five steals in the second half and finished with eight overall, leading to 21 fast break points.
Dickinson was a perfect 3-3 in the half, including two 3-pointers. Malek Harwell and Pat Dembley also connected from deep in the half.
Wacker had eight rebounds to pace the Broncos. Boise State had 17 assists and only turned the ball over five times.
Michael Steadman had 16 points to lead the Spartans, while Christian Anigwe led all players with 12 rebounds.
The Broncos, currently sitting in sixth-place in the Mountain West, have a tough week ahead. They travel to Fresno State and San Diego State. Boise State will likely need to need one game, if not both, to keep any hope of finishing in the top five and securing a first-round bye in the Mountain West tournament.