Well this game was a little better.
The Broncos (21-6, 11-4 MWC) got back on the right side of the win/loss column by dismantling the Air Force Falcons (10-15, 4-9 MWC) in front of a decent Taco Bell Arena crowd of 7,530.
Considering the rough stretch the Broncos had faced the last three games (OT win, and then two heart-breaking losses) this game came at a good time. While it could have been used before the clash against Reno (to act as a bit of a tuneup for the Wolf Pack) it can serve as a springboard for the final stretch, and then the MWC Tournament.
Justinian Jessup returned to his three-point form by canning 5 of his 8 three-point attempts. Jessup had been slumping mightily the last few games, going 3-8 against UNR and only one point—total—against New Mexico and Utah State. Though playing one of the Mountain West Conference cellar-dwellers doesn’t hurt, getting Jessup’s confidence back is going to be crucial down the final stretch.
Chris Sengfelder lead the Broncos with 17 points on 7-9 shooting and hitting 3 out of 5 threes. As consistent as ever, Mr. Sengfelder also contributed four rebounds in the winning effort.
Chandler Hutchison, with his 11 points and 10 rebounds, captured another double-double—his 11th of the season—going 4-7 from the field, and also 3-5 from three. Interestingly all his rebounds came from the defensive end of the court. As a team, the Broncos out rebounded the Falcons 35-25, which always bodes well.
The Falcons were lead by Forward Lavelle Scottie with 11 points and a rebound for good measure.
One of the glaring statistics in this game was that the Broncos hit an eye-popping 50% from three (14-28). And the Falcons only hit 5 out of 17 for their treys. When the Broncos catch fire from deep, they can be a tough team to beat. However, that fire only seems to manifest itself against a team that is clearly not as talented.
One cool moment from the game was when Boise State took time out of the game to show their appreciation for the Cadets and their service.
One of the classy moves by any Air Force opponent, Boise State asks their fans to stand and show their appreciation for the cadets of the Academy for their service to the nation.— Troy Garnhart (@USAFASID) February 17, 2018
This comes especially welcomed after some unpleasantness after the UNR game.
The Broncos face off against Colorado State (11-16, 4-10 MWC ) next Wednesday at 7 p.m. MT.