The Boise State men's basketball team improved to 14-6 overall and 4-3 in Mountain West play with a 76-55 win over the San Jose State Spartans on Saturday. Derrick Marks led the way with 19 points, while Ryan Watkins added 18 points and 16 rebounds. Mikey Thompson added 11 points and Anthony Drmic had 10. The Broncos had a 12-4 advantage on turnovers and made nine 3-pointers.
Halftime notes: Boise State forced San Jose State into 10 turnovers, scoring 11 points of the Spartans' miscues. The Broncos also did a stellar job of avoiding their own mistakes without a turnover in the first half, the first turnover-free half in coach Leon Rice's tenure. Boise State hit seven 3-pointers, with Anthony Drmic hitting three and Nick Duncan and Derrick Marks making two apiece. Marks' 12 points at the half paced the Broncos, while Ryan Watkins had 11 points and seven rebounds.
Pre-game notes: Boise State faces a familiar face in first-year San Jose State coach Dave Wojcik, who was an assistant with the Broncos for the last three seasons. The Spartans are No. 2 in the nation with 505 attempted 3-pointers. "We wanted to get shooters, and it's kind of taken on a life of its own," Wojcik said. The Spartans are led in scoring by freshman Rashad Muhammad (15.3 points per game). He is the younger brother of former UCLA standout and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Shabazz Muhammad. Boise State started freshman Nick Duncan for a second straight game.