Boise State Breezes Past San Jose State, 83-52
Derrick Marks led the Broncos with 17 points on Wednesday night.

March 13, 2014

Final Stats

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Derrick Marks scored the first seven points, sparking a 25-0 run to open the game as No. 6 seed Boise State crushed 11th-seeded San Jose State 83-52 Wednesday night in the opening round of the Mountain West tournament. The Broncos led by as many as 42 points in the second half.

Marks had 17 points to lead the Broncos, who earned their first Mountain West tournament win in record-style. The 31-point win is the largest margin in the 15-year history of the tournament, surpassing BYU's 27-point victory over Colorado State in 2008. The 135 points is the most scored, and 46 first-half points is an opening round record.

San Jose State missed its first nine shots before Chris Cunningham made his second free throw attempt at 10:56. The Spartans first field goal came with 10:23 remaining. Rashad Muhammad scored 13 points and Cunningham 11 to lead San Jose State (7-23), which concluded its inaugural season in the conference.

Ryan Watkins scored 14 points, shooting 5-for-5 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Watkins matched his career high with four blocks in an ultra-productive 18 minutes.

Boise State (20-12) faces third-seeded Nevada (15-16) in the quarterfinals Thursday.

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