Boise State coach Leon Rice looks ahead to Nevada
The Boise State Broncos again led by double digits, again saw it get a little close for comfort, but pulled out the 74-67 win Wednesday at Nevada, their 10th straight win, tying a school record.
Junior forward James Webb III had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Broncos (13-4, 4-0), who were led by senior guard Mikey Thompson’s 18 points. Junior forward Nick Duncan added 11 points, including a pivotal 3-pointer with 1:02 to play that turned a three-point lead into six, keeping the Wolf Pack at arm’s length.
Boise State hit 26-of-36 free throws in the win after making only 57 percent Saturday in a win against Fresno State.
Halftime: Though the offense wasn’t clicking early or late in the first half, the Boise State Broncos dominated the middle for a 35-24 halftime lead at Nevada.
The Broncos missed their first four field goals, then hit 10 of their next 18 before making one of their last seven. But the Wolf Pack, which has often struggled offensively, couldn’t get a consistent basket, finishing 10-of-30 at the break, outscored 12-2 in second chance points.
Boise State junior forward James Webb III led all players with nine points and nine rebounds. He and senior guard/forward Anthony Drmic (seven points) combined on a fantastic alley-oop.
Pregame: Boise State (12-4, 3-0) puts its nine-game win streak on the line at 8 p.m. MT at Nevada (10-6, 2-2). The game will not be televised, but can be streamed at TheMW.com or BroncoSports.com.
The Broncos’ winning streak is tied for the second-longest in school history and tied for the fifth-longest active streak in the nation. Part of the Broncos’ recent success has been their ability to attack the rim, resulting in the formerly-rare slam dunk.
Nevada is 6-0 at home this season, its best start since 2009-10. The Wolf Pack is 1-4 in its last five games against Boise State.