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BOISE, Idaho (AP) -La'Shard Anderson scored 20 points and had a team-high six assists to lead Boise State past Western State Colorado 78-52 Saturday in the season opener for both schools.

Robert Arnold contributed 16 points to help lead the Broncos, who dominated all facets of the game in giving head coach Leon Rice his first victory at Boise State.

Weylan Towns led Western State with 18 points, while Martin Graham added 15.

Western State hit its first four shots to build an 11-8 lead five minutes into the game. Boise State responded by pushing the tempo, taking a 46-24 lead into halftime.

In the second half, Western State started with a 15-6 run to cut the deficit to 13 points, but Boise State scored the next 14 points.

Boise State held a 30-21 advantage on the glass and forced Western State into 21 turnovers.

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