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Broncos take down Rebels in Vegas

Chandler Hutchison nabs another double-double en route to the 83-74 win

NCAA Basketball: Colorado State at Boise State Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

Entering tonight’s game, Boise State (11-2, 1-0) would need a solid performance overall to leave Vegas with an important conference win. UNLV Rebels (11-2) have been much improved from last year’s 11-21 squad.

A solid Bronco performance would be turned in.

The first half would feature both teams trading blows. There would be seven lead changes by the 10 minute mark, and a Bronco lead 22-21, from a Marcus Dickinson free throw. After a two minute scoring drought from both teams, UNLV would regain the lead off a Brandon McCoy free throw and eventual layup to retake the lead.

UNLV would hold serve in the first half with the Rebels just shooting a shade under 43% (15-35) from the floor, 23% (3-13) behind the arc.

Boise State did shoot better from the field at 48% (15-31) but only 25% (2-8) from the three.

The Rebels would take a slim 37-35 lead going into the half. This should be considered a ‘win’ for the Broncos considering they had 15 first half turnovers that yielded 14 points to the Rebels. The Broncos had only forced seven turnovers from the Rebels and were only able to secure five points.

The Broncos’ bench (and depth) did give Boise State a bit of a lift in the first have as Dickinson and Alex hobs contributed some points to the effort (three and two points respectively). UNLV did not get any bench points in the first half.

The second half was a breakout for Chandler Hutchison as he not only took over the game, but he flexed his ability to score when he wanted to. Not just from the paint:

But from the three as well:

The second half Hutchison score 19 of his 32 total points.

But while Hutchison was the main attraction, the other Broncos were able to participate as well. The Boise bench scored 14 points. UNLV managed to only get two points from its bench. The Broncos also dominated the boards 48-29, Hutchison’s 12 led the game, but Haney’s 11 also was more than UNLV’s Brandon McCoy 10.

The Broncos’ defensive effort cannot also be overstated as they held the Rebels to almost 17 points under their average.

Chandler Hutchison recorded another double-double (32-12) which now leads the school record with 11.

Zach Haney also had himself quite the notable night: he got his very own (and first of his career) double-double with 11 points and 11 boards.

The Broncos came away with a very important win at the Thomas and Mack Center. Amazingly enough, the Broncos were road underdogs according to betting sites (Broncos ended up +4.5 betting underdogs). There are going to be a lot of close games in the Mountain West between the top teams. So Boise State being able to nab these wins on the road will keep them up with Nevada.