Watkins Nets Career-High 22, Broncos Cruise Past Wolves

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Ryan Watkins had a career-high 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Boise State rolled to a 106-39 victory over Walla Walla on Saturday night at Taco Bell Arena for its sixth-consecutive victory.

Anthony Drmic scored 22 points, and Jeff Elorriaga and Thomas Bropleh added 14 apiece as the Broncos (12-2) set a school record with a 67-point margin of victory. The 39 points surrendered is the fewest Boise State has allowed since holding Cal Poly to 35 Dec. 12, 1994, which is the school record.

Watkins' 11 boards gave him his third-career double-double and third double-figure rebounding game in the last six outings. The junior forward made his first nine field goals, before finishing 9-of-11 from the floor and 4-of-4 at the free throw line for the first 20-point game of his career.

The Broncos improved to 12-2 on the season, setting the school record for regular-season nonconference victories. It is the Broncos' best start since the 1987-88 squad started the year 16-1.

Boise State scored the first 18 points with Walla Walla finally getting on the board on a 3-pointer by Ryan Spady with 13:40 left in the first half. The Broncos' lead first reached 40 at 47-7 on a 3-pointer by Drmic with 5:24 left. They would go on to lead by as many as 70.

The Broncos led 59-20 at halftime and continued to pour it on in the second half. Boise State hit 23-of-29 shots in the first 20 minutes, going to the break with a 79.3 percent field goal clip. The team went on to finish the game a season-best 62.9 percent from the field on 39-of-62 shooting.

The 39 field goals came on 26 assists, the most by a Boise State squad since Nov. 21, 2007, when the Broncos tallied 31 helpers against Montana Tech. Individually, three Broncos set or tied career highs in the category. Derrick Marks had his career high by halftime before finishing with nine assists, the most in a game by a Bronco in more than a year. Elorriaga set a personal best with six and Joe Hanstad tied his mark with five.

Tristan Greenidge scored 13 points for NAIA program Walla Walla (3-20), which shot just 21.6 percent from the field.


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