Boise State Conquers Wyoming to Open Mountain West
The Boise State men's basketball team had a rough non conference season and having to open the conference schedule on the road at Wyoming at 7200 feet just added to the challenges facing this years Bronco team.
The Broncos however played a complete game and gradually pulled away from the Cowboys and winning 69-55 Wednesday night in Laramie at the Arena-Auditorium.
Alex Hobbs led the way with 17 points to go with seven rebounds, six assists and two steals – all of which were team highs. Justinian Jessup netted 14 points thanks to a 4-of-7 effort from behind the arc. Boise State is now 4-1 this season when Jessup knocks down four or more 3-pointers.
The key to the victory was Boise State’s defensive effort against the Mountain West’s leading scorer, Justin James. James scored a season-low seven points and was 1-of-14 from the field.
Boise State had the 33-22 lead at the half. The 11-point halftime advantage was the team’s largest halftime lead so far this season.
Boise State is now 27-22 all-time in conference openers, with head coach Leon Rice 7-2 since taking over in 2010-11.
Rice is now 171-104 at Boise State. His conference record improves to 82-55 with the win, as well. Boise State will now return home to Taco Bell Arena and face San Diego State this Saturday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m. The game will broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
Boise State women beat Wyoming 72-64
Meantime at Taco Bell arena in Boise the BSU women topped Wyoming 72-64 behind Riley Luper's game high 22 points.
The Broncos actually trailed the game by one point at the half 23-22 but an 11-0 run to start the third period and a total of 44 second half points was more than enough to close the deal.
The Broncos are now 10-2 overall and like the men, 1-0 in conference play.