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Boise State sophomore sets a new career high as Broncos score most points since 2013

Boise State’s Alston: ‘We have a never-say-die mentality’

The Boise State men's basketball team bounced back from a loss to UNLV by routing San Jose State 105-57 on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Taco Bell Arena. Redshirt sophomore Derrick Alston had a career-high 33 points.
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The Boise State men's basketball team bounced back from a loss to UNLV by routing San Jose State 105-57 on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Taco Bell Arena. Redshirt sophomore Derrick Alston had a career-high 33 points.

Trouble was on the way for San Jose State, and coach Jean Prioleau knew it.

With Derrick Alston driving past his man and into the key, Prioleau yelled out “Help! Help!” to the rest of the Spartans. But there was nothing to be done, as Alston completed the move with a vicious one-handed dunk.

The dominant play was a microcosm of the game itself, as Boise State ripped through San Jose State’s defense for a 105-57 victory in Mountain West action Saturday afternoon at Taco Bell Arena.

“We’re still finding ourselves and we’re still getting better,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said. “I’ve had a lot of teams, and it’s pretty hard to get them better this late in the season. This team, I’m excited about how much we can still grow, because we can. We just played a great game, and I still feel there’s a lot of room for growth.”

Boise State (11-13, 6-5 MW) made five 3-pointers in the first 3 minutes, 38 seconds and finished with a season-high matching 15 triples for their second-largest margin of victory against a conference opponent in program history.

The Broncos’ 105 points also is the most for the team since scoring 110 against Simpson in 2013.

“We were shooting all 3s at the start, but I couldn’t really complain because they were all the right shots,” Rice said. “I was really, really pleased with our whole team and our staff and the way we approached the disappointment of the UNLV game.”

On the heels of an 83-72 home loss to UNLV on Wednesday, the Broncos shot a season-best 62.5 percent from the field and committed a season-low five turnovers against last-place San Jose State.

Alston led all scorers with a career-high 33 points while going 12-for-15 from the floor with five 3-pointers, four rebounds and four assists. And he needed no reminder that last season he played all of 26 minutes for the Broncos.

“I love playing this game. I’ve been playing it since I was 6 years old, so for me it’s just going out there and having fun,” said Alston, whose previous career high was 30 points against San Diego State on Jan. 5.

“This year has been completely different for me from last year, so I’m just really taking it game by game. I’m so blessed.”

The Broncos got out to a 15-0 lead with a barrage of 3s and led the Spartans 46-28 at halftime. Then they started the second half with a 22-4 run to build a lead as big as 53 points. The Spartans (3-19, 0-10) committed 16 turnovers and were outscored 59-29 over the final 20 minutes to remain winless in Mountain West play.

“Bouncing back from that loss, I feel like we’re all really just coming together,” Alston said. “We have a never-say-die mentality, and we’re just going to keep working and being gritty.”

Joining Alston in double-digit scoring were RJ Williams (22), Alex Hobbs (17), Marcus Dickinson (11) and Justinian Jessup (10). All nine Broncos who logged minutes managed to make at least one basket.

Boise State is on the road for two Mountain West games next week at Fresno State (8:30 p.m. MT, Feb. 13) and San Diego State (5 p.m. MT, Feb. 16). Both games are on the CBS Sports Network and 670 AM.

Junior A'Shanti Coleman made a jumper in the key thanks to an alley-oop pass from teammate Braydey Hodgins in the Boise State women's basketball team's 83-69 win over San Jose State on Saturday, Feb. 9, in San Jose, California.

Women: Boise State 83, San Jose State 69

Just like their male counterparts, the Boise State women’s basketball team got off to a hot-shooting start against the Spartans.

The Broncos ran out to an 18-0 lead in the opening 4:54 on 7-for-10 shooting, with senior guard Marta Hermida accounting for nine of those points. The Spartans didn’t get their first bucket until the 5:06 mark in the first quarter Saturday afternoon at the Event Center in San Jose, California.

The blazing start didn’t last, however, as the Broncos (19-3, 10-1 MW) led just 39-38 at halftime and fell behind by as many as six points in the third quarter.

San Jose State (2-19, 1-9) took its last lead, 49-48, with 5:16 remaining in the third quarter. Boise State then outscored SJSU 16-4 to finish the quarter, fueled by junior guard Braydey Hodgins’ eight points in a 40-second span.

Hodgins notched a game-best 21 points — her second straight 20-point game and third of the season — and fellow junior A’Shanti Coleman contributed 20 points. Coleman set career highs for field goals (10) and field-goal attempts (16). Hermida added 15 points and eight rebounds, and Jayde Christopher dished out 13 assists, one short of matching the program’s single-game record of 14.

Boise State made the trip without leading scorer Riley Lupfer. The junior guard is out with an undisclosed minor injury and is expected to return for the Broncos’ home game Wednesday against Fresno State (7 p.m., 1350 AM). It is the first missed game of Lupfer’s career and ends a streak of 54 consecutive starts.

MEN: BOISE STATE 105, SAN JOSE ST. 57

SAN JOSE ST. (3-19, 0-10)

Michael Steadman 6-11 4-6 16; Christian Anigwe 4-6 2-8 10; Noah Baumann 3-8 0-0 8; Brian Rodriguez-Flor 2-3 2-2 7; Zach Chappell 2-4 2-2 7; Seneca Knight 1-5 0-0 3; Kaison Hammonds 1-4 0-0 3; Brae Ivey 1-7 0-0 3; Ashtin Chastain 0-1 0-0 0; Trey Smith 0-0 0-0 0; Craig LeCesne 0-1 0-0 0; Isaiah Nichols 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 20-53 10-18 57.

BOISE STATE (11-13, 6-5)

ALSTON, Derrick 12-15 4-4 33; WILLIAMS, RJ 9-12 4-6 22; HOBBS, Alex 6-9 2-2 17; DICKINSON, Marcus 4-6 0-0 11; JESSUP, Justinian 4-10 0-0 10; HARWELL, Malek 2-5 0-0 5; DEMBLEY, Pat 1-4 0-0 3; WACKER, David 1-1 0-0 2; HANEY, Zach 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 40-64 10-12 105.

San Jose St................... 28 29 — 57

Boise State................... 46 59 — 105

3-point goals — San Jose St. 7-20 (Noah Baumann 2-5; Zach Chappell 1-3; Brian Rodriguez-Flor 1-2; Brae Ivey 1-4; Kaison Hammonds 1-3; Seneca Knight 1-2; Isaiah Nichols 0-1), Boise State 15-30 (ALSTON, Derrick 5-7; HOBBS, Alex 3-5; DICKINSON, Marcus 3-5; JESSUP, Justinian 2-6; HARWELL, Malek 1-4; DEMBLEY, Pat 1-3). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — San Jose St. 31 (Christian Anigwe 12), Boise State 33 (WACKER, David 8). Assists — San Jose St. 10 (Craig LeCesne 2; Noah Baumann 2; Brae Ivey 2), Boise State 17 (ALSTON, Derrick 4). Total fouls — San Jose St. 12, Boise State 15. Technical fouls — None. A — 3,608.

WOMEN: BOISE ST. 83, SAN JOSE ST. 69

BOISE ST. (19-3, 10-1)

HODGINS, Braydey 7-15 2-2 21; COLEMAN, A’Shanti 10-16 0-0 20; HERMIDA, Marta 5-11 2-3 15; HARRELL, Joyce 4-6 0-0 8; BOWERS, Rachel 2-3 1-2 5; CHRISTOPHER, Jayde 1-5 2-4 4; GALERON, Sofia 2-3 0-0 4; WOERNER, Ellie 1-2 0-0 3; AMUNDSEN, Tess 1-3 0-0 2; LOVILLE, Jade 0-3 1-2 1; TOTH, Emerald 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-67 8-13 83.

SAN JOSE ST. (2-19, 1-9)

Analyss Benally 4-9 5-5 17; Raziya Potter 5-11 0-1 10; Cydni Lewis 3-4 3-5 10; Danae Marquez 4-12 0-0 9; Mikaylah Wilson 4-8 1-2 9; Fieme’a Hafoka 3-7 0-0 6; Megan Anderson 1-9 0-0 3; Andrea Kohlhaas 1-2 0 0 3; Courtesy Clark 1-2 0-2 2; Alexis Harris 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-65 9-15 69.

Boise St...................... 22 17 25 19 — 83

San Jose St................... 17 21 15 16 — 69

3-point goals — Boise St. 9-28 (HODGINS, Braydey 5-11; HERMIDA, Marta 3-7; WOERNER, Ellie 1-2; CHRISTOPHER, Jayde 0-2; GALERON, Sofia 0-1; AMUNDSEN, Tess 0-2; LOVILLE, Jade 0-2; COLEMAN, A’Shanti 0-1), San Jose St. 8-24 (Analyss Benally 4-7; Danae Marquez 1-5; Andrea Kohlhaas 1-1; Cydni Lewis 1-1; Megan Anderson 1-8; Fieme’a Hafoka 0-1; Raziya Potter 0-1). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Boise St. 39 (HERMIDA, Marta 8), San Jose St. 37 (Fieme’a Hafoka 9). Assists — Boise St. 26 (CHRISTOPHER, Jayde 13), San Jose St. 15 (Fieme’a Hafoka 5). Total fouls — Boise St. 15, San Jose St. 15. Technical fouls — None. A — 402.

Rachel Roberts has been covering sports for the Idaho Statesman since 2005. She attended Northwest Nazarene University and is Boise born and raised.

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