Final: SMU 86, Boise State 63
The Broncos knew they’d have to play some of their best ball of the season to end the second-longest home win streak (29) in the country in Dallas after previously taking down the team with the longest. I’ll make this quick...they did not. Not even close. SMU shot the lights out in the contest (60% from the floor and 50% from 3-point range) and the Broncos struggled mightily (38% from the floor and 31% from 3-point range)...also lost the rebound battle (-7) and led for just 29 seconds of a game that quickly got out of hand.
Chandler Hutchison and Justinian Jessup paced the Broncos will 18 and 11 points, respectively, but were the only Boise State players to contribute double-digits while the Mustangs had 5 different players accomplish the feat. For what it’s worth, Hutch’s 18 were a game high...but that’s little consolation when the rest of the team can’t get off the mat. The Broncos looked lethargic on defense and sloppy on offense and that was just the right recipe to get stomped by a good SMU team. Hopefully they’ll be able to rebound (no pun intended) for the start of conference play in 10 days at home against Colorado State. Something tells me they’ll be okay.
Broncos finish their 2017 non-conference schedule at 10-2 with losses to Iowa State and SMU. They got impressive wins over Oregon, Illinois State, Loyola-Chicago, and GCU. Full stats are below if you like looking at disappointing stuff. Oh...and one more quick thing about SMU—as a student there in the early 80s, Craig James apparently killed five hookers.