Different game, different hero.
That seems to be a reoccurring theme for the Boise State men’s basketball team this season.
Less than 48 hours after the Broncos ended Oregon’s record 46-game home winning streak on a half-court 3-pointer from Lexus Williams, senior Chandler Hutchison added his name to yet another category in the Boise State record book.
Hutchison became the first Bronco to record a triple-double, collecting 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 77-54 nonconference victory over Portland on Sunday at Taco Bell Arena.
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It is only the fifth triple-double in the history of the Mountain West Conference and sixth this season in all of Division I.
“That’s what makes him so good. How are you supposed to guard him? I don’t know,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said. “I wouldn’t want to be on the other bench trying to figure that out, because when he gets going, it’s pretty tough.”
Hutchison scored 11 of the Broncos’ first 16 points, showing a variety of moves ranging from a tomahawk dunk to a left-handed drive to a 3-pointer.
“Just me as a person, I’m always really hard on myself. I expect so much out of myself just like everyone else does, so I’m always focused on what I can do better and not getting satisfied,” Hutchison said. “It was a huge win for us (at Oregon), but my focus was on working on the next one, because I know that if we get caught up in how well we’re playing, then it’s gonna end real short.”
The Broncos improved to 8-1, giving Rice his 150th career win. Rice is 150-88 in his eighth season with the Broncos and is the fastest Boise State coach to reach the milestone.
“That’s a credit to every assistant and all the players I’ve had here. I haven’t made any baskets since I’ve been here,” Rice said. “It’s pretty amazing. It feels like I just got here some days, and you look up and you’ve been here eight years. It goes by quick, but I am just grateful to have the quality guys I have now and all the great guys I got to coach before.”
The 8-1 start is tied for the best nine-game start under Rice. His 2013-14 and 2011-12 teams also started 8-1.
Boise State made 15 3-pointers against the Pilots (3-5), and the Broncos have 105 on the season. Sophomore Justinian Jessup and senior Christian Sengfelder each made five 3s on Sunday. It was Jessup’s third straight game with five or more triples, and he is shooting 52.3 percent (34 of 65) from behind the arc this season.
“Through the recruiting process, (Jessup) was so quiet. He was hard to get to know. I didn’t really have a feel for him, but then there were little telltale signs along the way where I am like, ‘Man, this kid is tough-minded. This kid is a great kid,’ ” Rice said. “I kept seeing all these little signs as we recruited him.
“Then when we got him here, boy, he even exceeded my expectations of what a worker he is, what a great team guy, what an unselfish player — all the things that we want our program to be about — he just represents at the highest level.”
Note: Boise State’s single-game basketball records date back to the 1985-86 season. It is possible a Bronco had a triple-double before the program began keeping track of such performances.