With one more victory, the Boise State Broncos will head to the Mountain West Conference Tournament as the No. 1 seed. San Jose State did not prove to be much of challenge for the red hot Broncos as senior Derrick Marks again led the way to victory, 68-51.
Marks had 13 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals while Sophomore James Webb III added 11 points and 6 rebounds to go along with an another highlight reel dunk.
Boise State suffocated the Spartans with a swarming defense, and took a 17 point lead going into half time. Playing in front of a sparse crowd, San Jose State seemed over matched for this contest.
Sophomore Rashad Muhammad led the way for the Spartans with 17 points but Boise State always seemed to find an answer whenever the Spartans tried to make any kind of charge from either Marks, Webb, or freshman Chandler Hutchinson. Hutchinson finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds while making several hustle plays for the Broncos.
The Broncos continued to play well in the second half and senior Rob Heyer chipped in 15 points, a career high. Heyer had an excellent game on both ends of the floor and was an efficient 5 of 7 shooting, including 2 of 3 from behind the 3 point arc.
Senior Igor Hadziomerovic also added 9 points and 5 rebounds.
Boise State shot 41% from the field while connecting from 3 point range 9 times and shooting 32% from downtown. On the other side of the court, Boise State limited the Spartans to 31% shooting overall.
Having won 12 of their last 13 games, with Fresno State being the only loss in that 53 day span.
The Bulldogs pulled past the Broncos, 70-64 on February 14 in Fresno. Saturday’s game will be at the Taco Bell Arena at 6 PM.