Behind a record-setting night from beyond the 3-point line, Boise State defeated Air Force 98-70 in its regular-season finale Saturday and locked up the No. 3 seed in the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas.
The Broncos (19-10, 12-6) hit a school-record 20 3-pointers in the game and shot 58.8 percent from deep; the 20 threes tied the Mountain West record. Boise State shot 64.2 percent from the field overall and had 23 assists on 34 made field goals.
Redshirt senior James Reid scored 14 of his career-high 26 points in the first half and hit eight 3-pointers, the most by any Mountain West player this season. Senior Nick Duncan scored a season-high 23 points, and five Broncos scored in double-digits.
Boise State hit 11 of its first 12 shots and six of its first seven 3s against the Falcons (11-20, 4-14). Six Broncos made 3-pointers.
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Boise State’s 49 first-half points tied for its most this season.
Boise State will play in the Mountain West quarterfinals at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Thomas & Mack Arena against the winner of Wednesday’s first-round matchup between San Diego State and UNLV. If the Broncos win, they will play in the semifinals at 10:30 p.m. Friday. The championship is at 4 p.m. Saturday.
The Mountain West men’s basketball tournament starts Wednesday with first-round games on the Mountain West Network. Quarterfinal and semifinal games will air on CBS Sports Network, and the title game is on CBS. Tickets can be purchased through the Mountain West. Seats for Boise State’s quarterfinal matchup start at $35.
Also in Las Vegas
The West Coast Conference, Pac-12 and WAC men’s basketball tournaments are also taking place in Las Vegas over the coming week. The WCC Tournament continues through Tuesday (ESPN) at the Orleans Arena; the Pac-12 Tournament starts Wednesday (ESPN) at T-Mobile Arena; and the WAC Tournament begins Thursday (ESPNU) at the Orleans Arena.
The women’s WCC and WAC tournaments take place at the same locations as the men’s tournaments; the WAC starts Wednesday. The Pac-12 women’s tournament is currently taking place in Seattle.
The men’s and women’s Big Sky Tournaments are at the Reno Events Center, with the women beginning Monday and the men Tuesday. Both tournaments end Saturday, March 11.
MOUNTAIN WEST MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
At Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas
Game 1: No. 8 Utah St. (11-19) vs. No. 9 San Jose St. (14-15), noon (MW Network)
Game 2: No. 7 Wyoming (18-13) vs. No. 10 Air Force (11-20), 2:30 p.m. (MW Network)
Game 3: No. 6 San Diego St. (17-13) vs. No. 11 UNLV (11-20), 5 p.m. (MW Network)
Game 4: No. 1 Nevada (25-6) vs. Winner 1, 1 p.m. (CBSSN)
Game 5: No. 4 Fresno St. (19-11) vs. No. 5 New Mexico (17-13), 3:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Game 6: No. 2 Colorado St. (21-10) vs. Winner 2, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Game 7: No. 3 Boise St. (19-10) vs. Winner 3, 9:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Game 8: Winner 4 vs. Winner 5, 8 p.m. (CBSSN)
Game 9: Winner 6 vs. Winner 7: 10:30 p.m. (CBSSN)
Game 10: Winner 8 vs. Winner 9, 4 p.m. (CBS)
MOUNTAIN WEST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
At Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas
All games on MW Network
Game 1: No. 8 San Jose St. (10-20) vs. No. 9 San Diego St. (11-18), 3 p.m.
Game 2: No. 7 Fresno St. (15-14) vs. No. 10 Nevada (11-18), 5:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 6 Utah St. (16-13) vs. No. 11 Air Force (4-24), 8 p.m.
Game 4: No. 1 Colorado St. (23-7) vs. Winner 1, 1 p.m.
Game 5: No. 4 Boise St. (22-7) vs. No. 5 New Mexico (15-14), 3:30 p.m.
Game 6: No. 2 Wyoming (21-8) vs. Winner 2, 7 p.m.
Game 7: No. 3 UNLV (21-9) vs. Winner 3, 9:30 p.m.
Game 8: Winner 4 vs. Winner 5, 7:30 p.m.
Game 9: Winner 6 vs. Winner 7, 10 p.m.
Game 10: Winner 8 vs. Winner 9, 1 p.m.