Broncos Run Past Orediggers 103-63
James Webb III had 15 points and eight rebounds
Nov. 7, 2014

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BOISE, Idaho - Anthony Drmic scored 17 points to lead Boise State men's basketball past Montana Tech Friday, in the Broncos' second exhibition game. Drmic was one of five Broncos in double figures and shot 6-for-8 from the floor to pace an efficient Boise State offense.

The Broncos shot 59.3 percent from the floor, connecting on 32-of-54 field goals. They were 13-for-22 (59.1 percent) from three-point range. Boise State held Montana Tech to 37.3 percent from the floor (19-for-51) and forced 22 turnovers.

"I think we got what we needed to get out of these two exhibition games," said head coach Leon Rice. "It might sound crazy because we won by 40, but I thought Montana Tech was a good team. We had to be really dialed in. I think they are going to be a really good team this year; they battled Idaho State the other night. With that being said, I think our guys did a nice job. We did a nice job moving the ball and got nice shots, and that's why we shot 60%. Overall our defense, I would probably give it a B or a B-."

James Webb III scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Drmic's supporing cast on the night. Rob Heyer and Mikey Thompson each chipped in 12 points while Chandler Hutchison contributed 11.

Three of the top five scorers did not letter at Boise State last season. Twelve Broncos found their way in the scoring column and the depth figures to give Rice and his staff more options during the season.

"I think I have to (play more guys this year)," said Rice. "You get your old trusty blanket, the guys you trust so much, but the new guys are starting to earn my trust. At one point there were five new guys out there and that's kind of scary as a coach."

Montana Tech scored the first basket of the game less than 30 seconds after tip, but Boise State countered with a 19-0 run during the next six minutes to take control. The Orediggers used a 6-1 run to get back within nine at 28-19 with 7:14 left in the first half. The Broncos responded with a 15-0 run, punctuated by a three-pointer and transition dunk by Webb.

Boise State carried the momentum through the first half and took a commanding 51-29 lead to the locker room. The Broncos shot 72.7 percent from the floor in the first half, going 16-for-22.

Igor Hadziomerovic made his 2014-15 debut after sitting out the first exhibition game. Hadziomerovic scored nine points and dished out a team-high six assists.

Montigo Alford also saw the floor for the first time. For Alford, a transfer from the College of Southern Idaho, it was his Boise State debut and he did not take long to impress. The 5-foot-9 guard tallied four assists in just 10 minutes of play as he works back from offseason shoulder surgery.

"It's a blessing, honestly," said Alford. "I had the same shoulder surgery before and I was out seven months. So just coming back earlier than three months was a blessing. It shocked me to be back out here, I'm on a high."

Alford quickly caught the attention of the everyone in Taco Bell Arena with his up-tempo play and precision passing.

"How quick is Tigo?" asked Drmic. "He's fun to play with. He gets those passes you don't even think are there."

Another new Bronco took on a bigger role than in the first exhibition game. Freshman David Wacker started at center for Boise State. Wacker played 19 minutes and pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.

Boise State stretched its lead to as many as 42 on two occasions, the last coming when Jake Ness hit a three-pointer with 47 seconds left in the game.

The Broncos will open their regular season Friday, against San Diego at the LMU Classic in Los Angeles. Boise State will also play tournament-host Loyola Marymount Saturday, to close out the trip.


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