Broncos Drop Lobos, Move to 13-2
Jan. 3, 2018

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BOISE, Idaho - The Boise State men's basketball team (13-2, 3-0) downed New Mexico (6-10, 1-2) in dominant fashion, 90-62, Wednesday night at Taco Bell Arena. The 28-point margin is the largest victory over a conference opponent since a 28-point victory over Air Force last season (March 4, 2017).

The win keeps the Broncos in a tie for first in the Mountain West Conference, and continues a streak of three consecutive seasons that Boise State has started the conference season 3-0.

The 13-2 record is the best 15-game start to a season since 2012-13 when the team also went 13-2.

Boise State wasted no time, jumping out to a 13-0 lead in only 4 minutes and 20 seconds before the Lobos were able to get on the board with a three from Anthony Mathis. Zach Haney made a trio of layups, Chandler Hutchison sunk a three and drove to the basket, and Chris Sengfelder made a basket in the paint before New Mexico was forced to call a timeout. The Broncos never looked back, leading for all but the first 13 seconds of the game.

Five scorers reached double-figures for Boise State, led by Justinian Jessup's career high 23 points. The sophomore added five rebounds and five assists. Hutchison recorded his 18th career double-double, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds, to move into sole possession of sixth place on the Bronco career record book.

Alex Hobbs was second on the team with 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting, while Lexus Williams and Haney added 11 and 10 points, respectively. This is the second time in the past three games the Broncos have had five scorers tally double-digit points.

The Broncos led by as many as 35 points, using the tried and true recipe of stout defense and attacking the glass. The Lobos shot 25-percent from the field in the first half to head into the lockeroom down 45-22.

New Mexico would finish the game shooting 34.9-percent, but turned the ball over 13 times to give the Broncos 17 points off turnovers. Boise State also outrebounded the Lobos, 45-25. This is the seventh time this season the Broncos have outrebounded an opponent by double digits.

The Broncos will continue Mountain West play with their first extended road trip of the season, traveling to Wyoming (Jan. 6), and Fresno State (Jan. 9). Tip-off from Laramie, Wyo. is scheduled for 6 p.m. (MT), and the game will air on AT&T Sports Net. 

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