Basketball

Boise State men win big in home opener

The Boise State Broncos (1-1) men’s basketball team used a 22-2 run early in the second half to pull away from the pesky Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (0-2), winning 101-81.

Five Boise State players reached double figures in points, led by 22 from James Webb III and Anthony Drmic. Webb III also added 11 rebounds, notching his first double-double of the season.

Boise State knocked down 13 threes, including 8-14 in the second half, and shot 55% from the field. The Broncos also had 41 rebounds to the Lumberjacks 27.

The first half featured ten ties and ten lead changes, with neither team taking larger than a five-point lead.

The Lumberjacks went up 33-28 with just over five minutes to go in the half, but the Broncos responded with a 12-3 run to take a four-point lead, eventually settling for a 47-44 advantage at the half.

Drmic had 17 of his points by halftime. Thompson added 12 to go along with three assists in the first half.

Thompson finished with 17 points off of the bench to go along with five assists, turning the ball over once. Chandler Hutchison had a double-double as well, finishing with 12 points and 11 rebounds while Nick Duncan poured in 11 points.

Northern Arizona was led by Jaleni Neely’s 20 points as four starters of the Lumberjacks scored in double figures.

Next up for Boise State is a road game on Thursday, where they travel to Arizona to take on the Wildcats. The game starts at 6:30 pm (MST) and can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.

Notes

-Drmic moved into 10th place on the all-time Mountain West scoring leaderboard. He now has 1,573 career points. Next on the list is Nick Jacobson of Utah, who scored 1,618.

-Boise State sophomore David Wacker made his season debut, ending speculation as to whether or not he would redshirt this season. Wacker had four points and four rebounds coming off the bench.

-The victory was Coach Leon Rice’s 103rd at Boise State.

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Jason is a 2001 graduate of Boise State and has been an avid fan of Boise State Athletics since the late 90's. Originally from Spring Creek, NV, Jason grew up a fan of the Fred Gatlin era Nevada Wolf Pack, but immediately switched his allegiances while attending school at Boise State. He hasn't looked back since and remains a loyal supporter of Boise State. For more: jason-haskins.com

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