Boise State basketball coach Leon Rice, pre-Air Force
Perhaps the Boise State men’s basketball team’s worst showing of the season resulted in a 61-53 loss at Air Force on Saturday.
The Broncos (16-8, 7-4) shot 27.6 percent in the second half, while Air Force shot 62.5 percent. Senior guard Lonnie Jackson had 16 points to pace Boise State, which made two of its last 11 shots and trailed for the last 13:36 of the game. Air Force (12-12, 3-8) won its second straight after having lost eight in a row.
Halftime: Following up an awful stretch of basketball, Boise State put together a strong finish to the first half, taking a 31-30 lead at the halftime break at Air Force.
The Broncos trailed by as much as 10 in the first half after an 0-for-8 shooting stretch, but hit four of their last five to end the half, including back-to-back NBA distance 3-pointers from senior guard Lonnie Jackson. The Falcons made just one of their last 11 shots.
Jackson’s 10 points led the Broncos at the break, while junior forward James Webb III added eight points.
Pregame: The Boise State men’s basketball team hopes to make it two consecutive wins when it plays at noon MT Saturday on the road at Air Force, televised on ROOT.
Boise State (16-7, 7-3) has won three straight against Air Force (11-12, 2-8), which snapped an eight-game losing streak Tuesday.
In today’s Statesman, I took a look at the man they call “Big Smooth,” freshman center Robin Jorch, who made his first start in the Broncos’ win Tuesday over Utah State.