From start to finish, the Boise State Broncos dominated their home finale at Taco Bell Arena on Wednesday, cruising to the 76-57 rout of the Nevada Wolf Pack.
Boise State (20-10, 11-6 Mountain West), which never trailed, jumped out to a 10-point in the first 5:13, and didn't let Nevada (18-11, 10-7) within four points again. The Broncos hit 9-of-24 3-pointers, the Wolf Pack made just 1-of-14. Boise State secured no worse than the third seed in next week's conference tournament with the win.
Senior guard/forward Anthony Drmic paced Boise State with 22 points and 11 rebounds, his fourth career double-double. In his last home game, he moved into third place in school history with 1,917 points, 28 shy of setting the record. Junior forward James Webb III, who missed Saturday's win at San Diego State with a sprained MCL, showed no ill effects, had 15 points and seven rebounds.
Senior guard Tyron Criswell and sophomore guard Eric Cooper had 11 points apiece to lead Nevada, which had had four assists to 19 turnovers in the loss. Top scorer Marqueze Coleman (17.0 points per game) did not play with an ankle injury.
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Halftime: The Boise State men’s basketball team started out hot in the first half Wednesday, and kept it going, taking a 41-29 lead at the break.
Finishing on an 8-0 run to finish the half, Boise State never let Nevada get closer than four points after the first 2 minutes. The Broncos hit 6-of-12 3-pointers, while the Wolf Pack missed all seven of theirs in the first half. The teams combined for 19 turnovers, 10 by Boise State and nine by Nevada.
Senior guard/forward Anthony Drmic had 11 points and four rebounds to pace the Broncos, while junior forward Nick Duncan and freshman guard Paris Austin added seven points apiece.
Pregame: Boise State looks for a season sweep of Nevada in Wednesday's home finale at Taco Bell Arena. Tip is 7 p.m., and the game is not televised, though it will be streamed at TheMW.com and BroncoSports.com/videos.
The Broncos (19-10, 10-6) and Wolf Pack (18-10, 10-6) are currently tied for third in the Mountain West, a game behind Fresno State for second. Boise State won the first matchup this season, 74-67, in Reno on Jan. 13.
Nevada’s Marqueze Coleman (17.0 ppg) did not play while battling an ankle injury, and Boise State’s James Webb III (16.0 ppg) came off the bench after not playing Saturday with a sprained MCL.
Four seniors will be honored Wednesday for the Broncos, including potential all-time leading scorer Anthony Drmic. He, Mikey Thompson, Montigo Alford and Lonnie Jackson are the quartet, each stepping up in their own way as seniors.