FINAL Boise State 77 Portland 54
Hutchison and Co. easily dispatched the hapless Pilots.
The first half saw only 5 Broncos with points, with Jessup and Hutch already in double figures. Portland’s McSwiggin was the lone Pilot in double figures with 12.
The Broncos shot a solid 18-32 (56.3%) from the field and an astounding 9-17 (52.9%) from 3. Hutch was shooting 70% from inside and had 17 points at half. The Pilots were just 34.5% from inside and 36.4% from beyond the arc.
After half, the onslaught continued. The second half wasn’t quite as explosive as the first, with the Broncos scoring 30 total and the Pilots getting 25. No players scored in double figures in the second half. Hutch, however, had 7 rebounds and 4 assists, contributing to his triple double (23, 10 and 10). Hutch lead all 3 categories for the good guys. Sengfelder and Jessup both finished with 17 and Williams had 11. Only 5 Broncos scored the entire game, but it didn’t matter. The teams were tied a total of 48 seconds, and the Pilots never lead. The Broncos had a 43-30 rebound edge.
The Broncos finished at 48% from field goal range and an impressive 44% (15-34) from 3. That’s a lot of 3’s folks.
Next up on the docket for the Broncos is 1-6 Sac State Hornets. They get nearly a full week break, with the next game at home next Saturday the 9th. Including Sac State, the Broncos have 3 more non-conference games before opening up conference play with CSU at home on 12/27. The Broncos will have a serious challenge with at trip to SMU coming up on 12/18. BSU looks poised to enter conference play at 10-2 at worst, 11-1 at best. Go Broncos!
Also of note, Coach Rice became the fastest coach to get to 150 wins in program history!