The best way to put a tough loss in the past is to get back on the court and back to business.
Led by James Webb III, Nick Duncan, and Mikey Thompson, the Boise State Broncos (14-5, 5-1) did exactly that on Wednesday night in defeating the San Jose State Spartans (6-13, 1-6), 94-69.
Webb III had 24 points to go along with 18 rebounds and three steals. Duncan had a season-high 24 points, knocking down six 3-pointers in the victory.
Thompson added 16 points as the Broncos forced 15 San Jose State turnovers while only committing seven in leading the game wire-to-wire.
Duncan was locked in from the get-go, hitting a three on the Broncos first field goal attempt and starting an 11-0 Boise State run to open the game.
The Spartans would close the gap to eight, but three consecutive triples by Duncan provided the Broncos their largest lead of the half at 17, 33-16.
The lead would fluctuate from 10 to 17 for the remainder of the half and the Broncos were up 45-32 heading into the locker room.
Duncan finished the half with 20 points on 6-10 shooting from three-point range. Webb III had 11 first-half points to go along with nine rebounds.
The Spartans shot 50% from the field in the half, but were hurt by eight turnovers (to the Broncos one). Ryan Welage had 14 points on 6-7 shooting to lead the Spartans at the break.
Boise State started the second-half sluggish yet again as the Spartans were able to close the gap to six at 47-41. That’s the closest San Jose State was able to get as the Broncos woke up with a 17-6 run.
Duncan sat for a good portion of the second-half as he picked up four fouls, including a technical foul, in the first 5:20 of the half.
It didn’t matter much, as solid bench play and the endless energy of Webb III propelled the Broncos down the stretch.
Paris Austin had his strongest conference game to date, scoring 11 points and dishing out two assists. Montigo Alford scored seven points, all in the second-half, and led the Broncos with four assists.
Welage finished with 19 points to lead the Spartans. Brandon Clarke added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Boise State outrebounded the Spartans 49-31.
Three-point shooting, outside of Duncan (6-12) left something to be desired, as the rest of the team combined to go 3-14 from beyond the arc.
The Broncos also shot well from the line, connecting on 21 of 27 (77.7%).
The Broncos look to keep their winning ways going when they travel to Wyoming on Saturday to take on the Cowboys. Tip-off is set for 2 pm.
Watch the replay of the game below.