Balanced Attack Leads Broncos to Season-Opening Win


BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Derrick Marks had 16 points and eight rebounds as Boise State defeated Texas Southern 81-63 Sunday in the season-opening contest for both schools.

Kenny Buckner scored 12 points and Anthony Drmic and Ryan Watkins added 11 apiece for Boise State. Redshirt freshman Mikey Thompson was the fifth Bronco in double figures, tallying 10 points in his collegiate debut.

Raymond Penn scored 25 points and Omar Strong added 11 for Texas Southern in the first game as Tigers' coach for Mike Davis, the former head man at Indiana and Alabama-Birmingham.

Boise State used a 21-4 spurt over a six-minute span of the first half to take a 20-point lead. Marks began the run with two free throws, and a three-point play by Buckner boosted the Broncos' lead to 33-19. A three-point play by Watkins completed the surge and made it 41-21 with 3:33 remaining in the half.

The frontcourt combination of Buckner and Watkins combined for 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting. The Broncos outscored the Tigers in the paint 38-18 and held a 42-26 edge in rebounding.

The Broncos led 49-30 at halftime and led comfortably the rest of the contest. Boise State's lead topped out at 26 points.

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