Broncos Top Fresno State, 86-79
Ryan Watkins pulled down 17 rebounds versus Fresno State.

Jan. 4, 2014

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BOISE, Idaho - Ryan Watkins scored 15 points and grabbed a season-high 17 rebounds as Boise State posted an 86-79 victory over Fresno State in Mountain West play on Saturday night. The double-double was the 5th of the season for Watkins, 11th for his career.

Anthony Drmicscored 19 points for the Broncos (11-3, 1-0), who built a big lead with a 20-0 first-half run. Drmic now has 1,166 career points, moving him into 10th on the all-time scoring list for Boise State. Derrick Marks' 4 points on the night gave him 1,002 career points, making him the 24th Bronco to score 1,000 points. 

Tyler Johnson scored 22 points, Marvelle Harris added 19 and Cezar Guerrero had 16 for Fresno State (7-8, 0-2), which lost for the fifth time in six games.

Boise State's 20 consecutive points gave it a 32-13 lead with 8:33 left in the first half. The Broncos made five 3-pointers during the surge -- including two by Thomas Broplehto cap it -- and later pushed the lead to 24 en route to a 46-25 halftime edge. Boise State's nine three-pointers in the first half was the most the Broncos have made in a half season.

The Broncos' offense cooled down in the second half in shooting 33.3% from the field and 20% from three-point range. Johnson scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and lead the Bulldogs in their attempt to chip away at the Bronco haltime lead.

Fresno State made a frantic second-half push to move within 82-76 on a 3-pointer by Harris with 26.6 seconds left before the Broncos held on.

Boise State outrebounded Fresno State 42-26, snapping a five game streak in which they had been outrebounded by their opponents.

Jeff Ellorriaga added 12 points for the Broncos, while freshman Nick Duncan chipped in 9 points off the bench.


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