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Broncos run Loyola out of the gym (unceremoniously at that)

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Final: Boise State 87, Loyola-Chicago 53

First Half

The Broncos were alllll over the Ramblers in the first half even (largely) without the services of Chandler Hutchison who picked up two early personal fouls and sat for the majority of the first stanza. Boise State jumped out to an 11-0 lead before Loyola even managed to find the bottom of the net and ended the half on an 11-2 run to lead 41-20 at the break. Justinian Jessup (or “Double J” as we’re apparently obligated to call him) was the high-point man for the Broncos in the first half, with 12 points on 4 made 3-pointers. Alex Hobbs was the next best...with 10 points early on. Sure, I could show you some video of Jessup’s 3-pointers...but wouldn’t you rather see a video of Lexus Williams’ block? Of course you would.

Halftime score: Boise State 41, Loyola-Chicago 20

Second Half

Yowza. If you didn’t think the Broncos could continue their torrid first half pace, you were very, very wrong. The Broncos ran their second half lead all the way to 35 points before calling off the dogs (so to speak)—and it still didn’t matter. Loyola was out-hustled, out-rebounded, and very much out-shot by the Broncos who again received very little offensive help from Chandler Hutchison. Hutch finished with just 2 points and 5 assists but the impact was minimal...the rout was on and Loyola had no answers for the hot-shooting Broncos en route to their first loss of the season. Justinian Jessup had a game-high 20 points after hitting 6 of 7 three-point attempts. Christian Sengfelder pulled down 12 boards and had 10 points for a nice little double-double. As a team, the Broncos shot 59% from 3-point range...with 9 Broncos hitting at least one trey in the game. Possibly the biggest stat of the night—the Broncos at +19 in total rebounds (41-22). Very nice night for the Broncos as they move to 6-1 on the year with a huge game against Oregon on the horizon.

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