All it took was the safe confines and familiarity of the conference schedule for the Broncos MBB to get back in a positive groove. And what a groove to have found!
The Broncos (8-8, 3-0) have opened a solid 3-0 in conference play after a route of the San Jose State Spartans (3-12, 0-3) 87-64 down at Even Center Arena.
The Broncos had a slim 37-34 lead going into the half with the Spartans. Then the pointe explosion happened when, at the 2:59 mark, Boise State was able to stretch their lead to 83-55. The 28-point lead was their largest lead of the season.
Five Broncos scored in the double-digits, lead by Alex Hobbs’ and Pat Dembley’s 18 points apiece. Both players were 6-11 from the field and both hit four three-pointers. Hobbs also pitched in five rebounds and five assists.
Justinian Jessup also chimed in with 17 points and one of these sweet dunks:
The Broncos shot 15-31 (48%) from the three—the season high—and was a perfect 12-12 from the free throw line.
For their part, the Spartans had three players in double-digits lead by Omar Barry who had 16 points. Where the Spartans had a decided advantage was the free throw line where the Spartans went 17-23, almost doubling the Boise State attempts.
The win puts the Broncos at 3-0 in the Mountain West Conference. Interestingly enough this marks the fourth consecutive season that the Broncos have started at least 3-0. The 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons the Broncos went 4-0.
Next Tuesday the Broncos face the best team in the conference in the UNR Wolf Pack at Taco Bell Arena. Last week the Wolf Pack dropped a conference game to the New Mexico Lobos and then took out their aggressions on the Spartans. The game will be a good indicator as to the progressions the Broncos have made since their out of conference struggles.