Strong Shooting Leads Broncos Past Air Force
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Anthony Drmic scored 21 of his game-high 23 points in the second half to lead Boise State to a 77-65 victory over Air Force Wednesday at Taco Bell Arena.
Jeff Elorriaga scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half and made five of the Broncos' 10 3-point baskets. Derrick Marks added 11 points and tied his career high with nine assists for Boise State (17-8, 5-6 Mountain West).
Todd Fletcher scored 14 points and Taylor Broekhuis added 11 for the Falcons. Air Force (15-10, 6-6) standout Michael Lyons, who scored a career-best 45 points in the Falcons' loss to Colorado State on Feb. 16, had only 10 points on 2-of-9 shooting.
Boise State held Lyons and Mike Fitzgerald to a combined 14 points. The duo entered the game against the Broncos averaging 32.4 point per game during conference play, the second-highest scoring tandem in the MW.
Elorriaga had 14 first-half points as Boise State took a 35-34 halftime lead.
The Broncos began the second half by making their first six field-goal attempts during an 18-4 surge to take a 15-point lead on Drmic's 3-pointer with 15:23 to play, leading by as many as 21 points and never trailing in the second half.
The Broncos recorded 22 assists on 29 made baskets, the most in a league game since recording 24 assists against San Jose State in Western Athletic Conference play, March 6, 2010.
Boise State also turned the ball over just six times, including just two in the second half.
The Broncos shot 53.7 percent from the floor (29-of-54), the highest in a league game since joining the MW.
Drmic's performance was his 10th this season with more than 20 points, the most by a Boise State player since 2007-08.
Ryan Watkins added 10 rebounds and Thomas Bropleh chipped in 10 points.
Boise State will play at Fresno State Saturday (Feb. 23) at 8 p.m. (MT).
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