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Boise State men’s basketball team sets single-game points record in season opener

Chandler Hutchison wanted to make sure his former team started off on the right foot this season, so the Chicago Bulls guard sent every player and student manager on the Boise State men’s basketball team a brand new pair of Nikes.

Those new kicks suited Derrick Alston just fine.

Alston dropped a game-high 25 points in Boise State’s season-opening 126-49 victory over Life Pacific on Tuesday at ExtraMile Arena. The Broncos’ 126 points are a single-game program record, as is the 77-point margin of victory.

“(Chandler’s) been a guy who’s really just stayed connected to this program,” Alston said. “This program has given him a lot, and he’s continued to give back. As a team, we were surprised. We had no idea, so it was definitely a big-time thing by him. We’re definitely thankful.”

The Broncos’ record-setting night against Life Pacific — an NAIA program based in San Dimas, California — unfolded quickly. Boise State made four 3-pointers in the first 4 minutes and outscored the Warriors 30-0 over a 10-minute stretch in the first half. The Broncos’ 69 points in the opening 20 minutes were the most in a half since the 3-point line was implemented in 1986.

“I was just really proud of our guys, because in a game like that you’re playing against human nature and you’re playing against yourself,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said. “I wanted them to keep playing the right way, and they did. We had some great possessions where we moved the ball so well. I’ve got high-level ‘feel for the game’ guys, and they showed that tonight.”

All five of Boise State’s starters reached double-digit scoring. Senior Justinian Jessup knocked down 4-of-7 3-point attempts and totaled 19 points, while senior RJ Williams contributed a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds. Alex Hobbs scored all 14 of his points in the first half and dished out a game-leading seven assists, and Marcus Dickinson finished 4-for-5 from the floor for 10 points. RayJ Dennis (14 points) and Max Rice (12) gave the Broncos seven players in double figures.

Walk-ons Bing Huang and Chase Berry got in on the scoring, too. Berry made two layups, and Huang hit a step-back 3-pointer with 3:12 remaining in the game.

“Those two — Chase and Bing — are showing up and working hard,” Rice said. “We’re down to seven scholarship players right now. They may have to contribute — foul trouble, all kinds of things. So now they’ve got some good experience, and it’s going to help us.”

Redshirt freshman Riley Abercrombie broke his left wrist in the Broncos’ exhibition opener, and Oregon transfer Abu Kigab won’t be eligible until after the first semester. The Broncos are still waiting to hear from the NCAA on the eligibility of Arizona transfer Emmanuel Akot. Rice’s son, Max, did not take a scholarship when he joined the program, but he is expected to be a significant contributor off the bench this season.

“That’s killing me is when I look down that bench and see all those really good players in polo (shirts),” Rice said. “But that’s just the way it is. That’s what’s in front of us. So what? Now what? We’ve just got to deal with it.”

The road gets significantly steeper for the Broncos from here on out. Boise State plays at No. 15 Oregon at 9 p.m. MT on Saturday. The game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.

“We’re just taking an underdog role and know we’re gonna have to go down there and scrap and play our hardest and make it a game,” Alston said. “It’s gonna be fun to go down there. It’s gonna be a great atmosphere, so we’re excited.”

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The Boise State women’s basketball team defeated Lewis-Clark State College 88-34 on Tuesday at ExtraMile Arena in Boise. Boise State Photo Services

Women: Boise State 88, LCSC 34

The Broncos were shooting a combined 22 percent from the floor when Ellie Woerner checked in with 4 minutes, 58 seconds left in the first quarter.

In her first 2 minutes on the court, Woerner pulled down an offensive board and dished off to sophomore Jade Loville for a layup. The 6-foot senior then knocked down a jumper at the elbow, followed by a 3-pointer.

It was exactly the spark the Broncos needed.

Woerner poured in a game-high 15 points on 6-for-7 shooting as the Broncos locked down defensively for a 54-point victory over Lewis-Clark State College on Tuesday at ExtraMile Arena.

“Something that I know I can bring every game is energy and communication out there on the floor,” Woerner said. “That’s my focus when I go out there.”

The Broncos held the Warriors to 20.9 percent from the field, forced 29 turnovers and grabbed 14 steals. The defensive effort eventually spilled over to the offensive side. After a slow start, the Broncos ended up shooting 56.9 percent from the floor with more than half their points coming in the paint (52).

“Coach just tells us to keep shooting,” said Loville, who chipped in 14 points off the bench. “We shoot so much in practice, and it was just trusting ourselves. We know we can make those shots, so keep shooting and we know they’ll fall.”

Senior A’Shanti Coleman added 14 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots, and Mallory McGwire and Jayde Christopher scored 11 points apiece for the Broncos.

Boise State next hosts defending Big Sky champion Portland State in the first round of the Preseason WNIT in a 7 p.m. matchup Friday at ExtraMile.

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Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Smith and the Boise State women’s soccer team will play New Mexico in the semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament at 2 p.m. Thursday at Boas Soccer Complex in Boise. Dominc Duarte Boise State Photo Services

Soccer: BSU draws New Mexico

The Boise State women’s soccer team begins its quest for an NCAA Tournament bid with a matchup against New Mexico.

The top-seeded Broncos (16-4-0) and Lobos (11-7-1) face off at 2 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament at Boas Soccer Complex. New Mexico edged San Jose State 1-0 in overtime in Tuesday’s first round. Junior forward Leilani Baker scored the unassisted golden goal in the 99th minute.

Boise State beat New Mexico 1-0 on Oct. 13 in the teams’ only meeting during the regular season.

No. 2 San Diego State (9-8-1) plays No. 6 Fresno State (9-6-4) in the other semifinal, which begins at 11 a.m. Thursday. The Bulldogs eliminated Colorado State 3-1 on penalty kicks Tuesday after the teams went scoreless through regulation and two overtimes.

Five Broncos received All-Mountain West recognition Monday. Junior forward Aubree Chatterton, senior midfielder McKenna Kynett, senior forward Raimee Sherle and senior defender Mikayla Schachtell were each named to the first team. Sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Smith landed on the second team.

MEN: BOISE ST. 126, LIFE PACIFIC 49

LIFE PACIFIC (0-1)

Saaverdra 1-3 0-0 2, Rodriguez 3-6 0-0 6, Sandoval 1-8 0-0 2, Allen 3-11 2-2 8, Cunniff 2-7 0-0 6, Hilliard 1-5 0-0 2, Banks 1-4 1-2 3, Villarreal 4-8 2-4 13, Vasquez 1-2 0-0 2, Cook 1-3 0-2 2, Bush 0-3 0-0 0, Leal-Cruz 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 19-61 5-10 49.

BOISE ST. (1-0)

Alston 7-15 7-8 25, Hobbs 5-9 2-2 14, Dickinson 4-5 0-0 10, Jessup 6-10 3-3 19, Williams 6-9 5-7 17, Jorch 4-4 0-2 8, Berry 2-4 0-1 4, Rice 4-7 3-4 12, Huang 1-1 0-0 3, Dennis 5-7 1-2 14. Totals 44-71 21-29 126.

Halftime — Boise St. 69-23. 3-Point Goals — Life Pacific 6-25 (Villarreal 3-7, Cunniff 2-5, Leal-Cruz 1-1, Vasquez 0-1, Banks 0-1, Saaverdra 0-1, Bush 0-2, Sandoval 0-3, Allen 0-4), Boise St. 17-31 (Alston 4-7, Jessup 4-7, Dennis 3-5, Dickinson 2-3, Hobbs 2-4, Huang 1-1, Rice 1-3, Berry 0-1). Fouled Out — None. Rebounds — Life Pacific 21 (Rodriguez, Allen, Villarreal 4), Boise St. 46 (Williams 14). Assists — Life Pacific 5 (Cook 2), Boise St. 25 (Hobbs 7). Total Fouls — Life Pacific 20, Boise St. 12. A — 2,884 (12,480).

WOMEN: BOISE ST. 88, LEWIS-CLARK ST. 34

LEWIS-CLARK ST. (0-1)

Jansen Edmiston 0-3 8-10 8; Heidi Sellmann 2-5 2-2 6; Kiara Burlage 2-5 2-2 6; Peyton Souvenir 1-8 2-2 5; Abbie Johnson 2-4 0-0 4; Abby Farmer 1-3 0-0 3; Jamie Nielson 1-9 0-0 2; Alexis Sykora 0-0 0-0 0; Sara Muhelhausen 0-0 0-0 0; Madeline Weaver 0-0 0-0 0; Hannah Burland 0-3 0-0 0; Rachel Schroeder 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 9-43 14-16 34.

BOISE ST. (1-0)

Ellie Woerner 6-7 0-0 15; Jade Loville 5-9 3-6 14; A’Shanti Coleman 6-11 2-4 14; Mallory McGwire 5-8 0-0 11; Jayde Christopher 5-8 0-0 11; Riley Lupfer 4-9 0-0 9; Rachel Bowers 3-4 0-0 6; Braydey Hodgins 2-8 0-0 5; Laia Soler 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 37-65 5-10 88.

Lewis-Clark St................ 10 5 6 13 — 34

Boise St...................... 17 16 30 25 — 88

3-point goals — Lewis-Clark St. 2-14 (Farmer 1-2; Souvenir 1-4; Burlage 0-1; Nielson 0-2; Burland 0-1; Schroeder 0-2; Edmiston 0-2), Boise St. 9-22 (Woerner 3-3; Soler 1-1; Hodgins 1-5; Lupfer 1-5; Christopher 1-3; McGwire 1-1; Loville 1-3; Coleman 0-1). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Lewis-Clark St. 24 (Sellmann 4; Burlage 4), Boise St. 38 (Coleman 9). Assists — Lewis-Clark St. 3 (Burland 1; Johnson 1; Nielson 1), Boise St. 22 (Christopher 7). Total fouls — Lewis-Clark St. 13, Boise St. 14. Technical fouls — None.

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