Boise State Takes Down UNLV
Feb. 24, 2016
BOISE, Idaho (AP) A convincing second half performance gave the Boise State men's basketball team an 81-69 win over UNLV at Taco Bell Arena.
The Broncos (17-10, 9-6 MW) extended their single point lead at halftime, outscoring UNLV 46-35, including a 32-10 run over a stretch of 9:25 to go up by 18 points with 7:30 remaining in the game.
Boise State held UNLV (16-13, 7-9) to 2-from-11 beyond the arc in the second and scored 26 points off of 21 turnovers.
"Great effort by these guys," Boise State head coach Leon Rice said. "I think this team throughout the year has been a team that, they have their flaws and do some goofy things sometimes, but you can't ever fault their effort. These guys go to battle. . .You've got to appreciate that and love them for that. They find some ways to get some stuff down. It looks like they're getting better, because that looks like the best second half defensively we've played in a while."
Redshirt senior Anthony Drmic led the way in the second half with 13 of his 21 points coming in the second. This was the 36th career 20-point game of Drmic's career. Since coming off the bench in the last four games, Drmic is averaging 20 points per game.
Drmic added six rebounds and two assists, and is now only 58 points away from becoming Tankoa Beard's (1989-93) as Boise State's all-time leading scorer. His 21 points also moved him to No. 6 on the Mountain West Conference's all-time scoring list.
The Runnin' Rebel's Derrick Jones Jr. led all scorers with 25 points.
Boise State trailed 32-24 with 4:37 remaining in the first half before a layup off the offensive rebound by redshirt senior guard Mikey Thompson ended a UNLV run.
The lay-up by Thompson paved the way for a 9-0 run in the final 3:16.
er a turnover by senior Lonnie Jackson, the Broncos defense kept their 9-0 to end the first half by locking in and forcing a turnover from the Runnin' Rebel's Jordan Cornish, leading to another layup from Thompson.
Thompson finished the game 20 points - the fourth of his career - with six rebounds and two assists. The 20 points tie Thompson's season high against Colorado State on Feb. 10.
James Webb III joined Drmic and Thompson in scoring double digits with 17 points and 12 rebounds - his 11th double-double of the season. Webb has registered a double-double in all four games against UNLV in his career.
In the second half, UNLV answered back with a three pointer from Cornish and started on a 7-4 run to gain a four point lead - their largest of the second half.
A lay-up from Drmic with 15:33 gave Boise State a 45-43 lead, and the Broncos would never trail again.
"Getting a win was pretty good," Drmic said. "I still think we struggled a bit towards the end. We just got to work that out, but we are getting better. If we continue to work on that I think we'll get better down the stretch."
Boise State out-rebounded UNLV 19-9 in the second half - including a 10-5 advantage on offensive rebounds. Boise State won the overall rebounding battle 41-29.
The Broncos finished the game with 20 offensive rebounds - a season high.
"We were kind of relentless. That's what it takes to become a good rebounding team, it's just effort," Rice said.
Junior forward Nick Duncan had four offensive rebounds to go along with seven points in 28 minutes of action. Webb III led the team with seven offensive rebounds.
Boise State returns to action Saturday, Feb. 27 against San Diego State. The Aztecs downed the Broncos, 56-53 at Taco Bell Arena, Jan. 16, but Boise State is currently riding a one-game winning streak at Viejas Arena after a 56-46 win on Feb. 28, 2015.
San Diego State currently leads the conference. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. MT and the game will be aired of CBS Sports Network.
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