Watkins Carries Broncos Past San Jose State, 76-55
Anthony Drmic scored 10 points in Saturday's win.

January 25, 2014

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Ryan Watkinsrecorded his ninth double-double of the season, and Boise State made nine 3-point shots in dominating San Jose State 76-55 on Saturday. Watkins is averaging 14.0 points and 14.4 rebounds in Mountain West play.

Watkins finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds for the Broncos (14-6, 4-3 Mountain West). He made 7-of-12 shots from the field and blocked three shots. Watkins was joined in double figures by Derrick Marks (19), Mikey Thompson (11) and Anthony Drmic(10). Thompson also finished with a game-high five assists. Tonight's contest marks the fourth consecutive game that the Broncos had four double-digit scorers.

Marks now has 1,107 career points, moving into 13th place on the all-time scoring list at Boise State. Marks lept Danny Jones (1,090; 1974-1978), Paul Noonan (1,092; 2007-2011), and Reggie Larry (1,098; 2006-2008) on the all-time list.

Drmic scored all 10 of his points in the first half. He opened the game with a free throw, then hit 3-pointers on three consecutive Bronco possessions to stretch a 14-9 lead to 23-11 with 12:11 left. The Broncos made 7-of-15 shots from 3-point range in building a 48-26 halftime lead.

The Broncos finished the game 9-of-25 from 3-point range to win for the third time in four games. Boise State ended the first half with zero turnovers and finished the game with a season-low of four. It is the first time the Broncos have had zero turnovers in a half since March 11, 2004 at Fresno State.

San Jose State (6-14, 0-8) lost its eighth game in a row and still is looking for its first win as a member of the Mountain West Conference. The Spartans committed 10 first-half turnovers and never got closer than 15 points after halftime. San Jose State finished with just two assists in the game and shot 35.6 percent from the field (16 of 45). The Spartans went without a field goal in the second half from the 13:45 mark all the way until there were just 35 seconds left in the game.

Jalen James led San Jose State with 12 points. Devante Wilson and Chris Cunningham finished with 10 apiece. The loss spoiled the homecoming of first-year coach Dave Wojcik, who spent the past three seasons as an assistant/associate head coach at Boise State.

Boise State leads the all-time series against San Jose State 23-2, including a 13-0 mark at home.


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