The Boise State men's basketball team beat La Verne 92-60 on Saturday in its exhibition opener. Ten of the 12 players who took the floor scored at least four points, led by Nick Duncan's 14 points. Boise State outrebounded La Verne 37-19 and shot 60.7 percent from the field. Anthony Drmic had 13 points and Mikey Thompson had 10 points and six assists.
"For an exhibition game, I think we got some things done," Boise State coach Leon Rice said.
All seven of the players that came off the bench for Boise State did not play in a regular season game for the Broncos last season. They combined for 46 points, including 12 from freshman center David Wacker and 10 from junior college transfer Kevin Allen.
"You have a lot of guys that have room for improvement and roles that they can fill," Rice said. "I think this team has maybe higher an upside for improvement, or more ceiling for improvement."
Boise State will take on Montana Tech in its exhibition finale at 8 p.m. Friday at Taco Bell Arena.
Prior to tipoff Saturday's exhibition against La Verne, the Boise State men's basketball team announced that two players — senior guard Derrick Marks and sophomore guard Dez Trent — have been suspended three games for a violation of team rules.
"We have standards, and we have things we want to hold these guys to ... I'm always trying to teach these guys and make them better, just because they're seniors doesn't mean they can't keep getting better," Rice said.
Both did not play Saturday nor will they play next Friday in exhibitions. Since both play the same position, one will not play in Nov. 14's regular season opener against San Diego, and the other will not play Nov. 15 against Loyola Marymount.
Also not in the lineup Saturday were senior guard Igor Hadziomerovic, who is out with a back injury, and junior guard Montigo Alford, who is recovering from shoulder surgery.
The Broncos picked up a verbal commitment Saturday night from Paris Austin, a point guard out of Bishop O'Dowd High in Oakland, Calif. Austin is rated as a four-star recruit by ESPN.com and is one of Rivals.com's top 150 national recruits, at No. 142. He is the second known commitment for the 2015 class, joining Century High guard Malek Harwell. Austin and Harwell can sign during Nov. 12-19's early signing period or April 15-May 20's regular period.