Boise State cruises to victory in Big Easy

BSU wins its first road game convincingly over New Orleans.

STATESMAN STAFFNovember 24, 2013 

A long trip, coupled with an early tipoff, did not prevent the Boise State Broncos from coming out strong.

The Broncos held New Orleans to just one field goal in the first nine minutes Saturday, rushing out to a 24-5 lead in a game that began at 10 a.m. Mountain. Boise State held that advantage the rest of the way, leading by as much as 30 in a 100-80 nonconference win.

Boise State improves to 4-0 with a rivalry matchup ahead Wednesday against Idaho at CenturyLink Arena.

“I had a good feeling they were focused and they were dialed into the task at hand,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said. “That was a terrific first half on the road. That was the key to the whole game.”

New Orleans (1-2) got off to a 1-of-15 start from the field on the Broncos, who continued their impressive offensive performances, hitting 100 points for the third time in four games. Boise State came into Saturday’s game No. 1 in the nation in scoring at 104 points per game.

“Getting a 20-point road win is big, scoring 100 in your first road game is pretty special, too,” Rice said.

Five Broncos scored in double figures, led by Derrick Marks and Anthony Drmic’s 24 apiece. Jeff Elorriaga had 18 points (on 6-of-8 3-pointers), Igor Hadziomerovic had 13 points and Thomas Bropleh had 10. Ryan Watkins had 11 rebounds.

Drmic’s layup with 1:16 to go in the first half gave him 1,001 for his career. He is the 23rd 1,000-point scorer in Boise State history.

“I thought he was great,” Rice said. “He drove as strong as I’ve seen him drive.”

After their woeful start, the Privateers did not fade, shooting 62.5 percent (15-of-24) in the second half. The Broncos’ bench in the final 20 minutes shortened as sophomore Mikey Thompson sat out with a twisted ankle after playing 10 minutes in the first half.

“That made us a little fatigued, and we get a little casual, which we can’t do,” Rice said. “Overall, very pleased, and it was good to see use dictate the tempo for most of it.”

Next up is that rivalry matchup with Idaho — on Thompson, Rice expects him back, and said “we’ll need him Wednesday.”

“We were able to come here, get a good win, get done early, jump on a plane and have a good few days to focus on Idaho,” Rice said.

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