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Boise State’s James Webb III named MW player of the week

Boise State’s James Webb III finishes off a dunk Sunday against Bradley at Taco Bell Arena. He was named Mountain West player of the week Monday.
Boise State’s James Webb III finishes off a dunk Sunday against Bradley at Taco Bell Arena. He was named Mountain West player of the week Monday. Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman

Coming off a career-high 31 points Sunday, Boise State junior forward James Webb III was named Mountain West men’s basketball player of the week Monday.

It is the first weekly honor of the season for a Bronco. Webb also had eight rebounds, four steals and hit 10-of-11 free throws in Boise State’s 90-70 win over Bradley. Webb had never attempted more than eight free throws in a game and came into the contest shooting 23-of-41 (56.1 percent).

“He gets a lot done, and he was really efficent ... I was really pleased because he’s putting in the time at the free-throw line, he’s a good free-throw shooter, and I knew that number would correct,” coach Leon Rice said. “Now, go ahead and foul him, you’re going to pay the price.”

Rice hit only one 3-pointer in the win, and had a little laugh about it.

“It felt good,” Webb said. “The 2s were falling, but the 3s weren’t. And I can hit free throws now, that’s always good.”

Webb is the Broncos’ leading scorer this season with 14.8 points per game, and the leading rebounder with 8.5 rebounds per game. His 15 steals are also tops.

Boise State will take 10 days between games before its next game, a Dec. 30 matchup against UC Davis at Taco Bell Arena.

Also on Monday, Boise State women’s center Miquelle Askew was named Mountain West women’s basketball player of the week after she had 18 points and 12 rebounds in a win at Seattle on Saturday. It is the third such honor of her career and second this season.

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