As the Boise State men's and women's basketball teams each went 2-0 last week, their guards earned Mountain West player of the week honors for their efforts.
Senior Derrick Marks was named the men's player of the week Monday after he scored 59 points combined in Tuesday's overtime win over UNLV and Sunday's win at New Mexico. Against the Lobos, he had 31 points on 10-of-16 shooting (10-of-11 free throws). He is the first player this season to earn the weekly nod twice.
"He was as good as it gets," New Mexico coach Craig Neal said.
Sophomore Brooke Pahukoa was named the women's player of the week. She had 14 points at UNLV on Wednesday and 20 at home Saturday against New Mexico. She hit 8-of-13 3-pointers and had eight rebounds during the week. It was the first weekly honor for the Bronco women this season.
Both teams are back in action Wednesday against San Jose State — the men host the Spartans at 8 p.m., the women are on the road, also tipping off at 8 p.m.
The Boise State men showed a lot of toughness in a difficult environment in their 69-59 win at New Mexico on Sunday. Check out my game story from Albuquerque here.
Junior center Kevin Allen did not make the trip to New Mexico for the Bronco men. His week of practice was not to the coaches' liking, so he remained in Boise and was not on the travel squad. Allen has not played in four of the team's last six games, playing a combined 14 minutes in the two he did play.
Senior guard Igor Hadziomerovic did travel, however, after missing Tuesday's game with a head injury as he went through the team's concussion protocol. He returned to practice Saturday. Rice praised his efforts after having little practice time — he had five assists and four rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench.
Marks and sophomore forward James Webb III have carried the Broncos offensively as of late (they had 54 points combined Sunday), but Boise State coach Leon Rice is hopeful others can step up. Junior guard Mikey Thompson is 15-of-57 (26.3 percent) from the field in his last seven games, and sophomore forward Nick Duncan is 16-of-65 (24.6 percent) in his last seven. Duncan did hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with less than four minutes to play.
"The crazy thing is that James was 7-for-7 from 3, Nick's going to have one of those games and I think he'll have it soon," Rice said. "He's not making all of them, but he made a big one (Sunday). I can see us being even better in a month. Mikey had one point, but he can go and get 20."
You may just as easily have James Webb III be James Webb !!! with the way he's playing.
The 6-foot-9 sophomore has made 12 3-pointers in his last three games after making 10 all season before that. In Mountain West games, he's averaging 12.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. On the season, he's 42-of-57 on two-point shots (73.7 percent) and 22-of-45 on 3-pointers (48.9 percent). His dunks are already well-known, as is ability to rebound (15 against UNLV), but with his outside game showing up, Webb is becoming a force in the league.
"It's been great, I'm just trying to do what's been asked of me, putting in a little extra work with the coaches and they've simplified it for me," Webb said.