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Nov. 12, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (2-0) excelled offensively for the second-straight game and cruised past Southern Utah (0-2) by a score of 90-69 Sunday afternoon at Taco Bell Arena. Justinian Jessup scored a career-high 22 points thanks to six 3-pointers - also a career high - to lead the way for the Blue and Orange.

"Once you hit a couple you really don't feel anything, you're just out there playing," Jessup said on his 3-point shooting performance. "That's what it felt like out there tonight and it was fun."

Four Broncos reached double-digit scoring for the second-straight game as Alex Hobbs (19), Chris Sengfelder (14) and Robin Jorch (10) joined Jessup on an afternoon where Boise State finished the game shooting an efficient 57.6 percent from the field on 34-of-59 shooting.

Southern Utah was able to hang around with Boise State in the early going and led 14-13 midway through the first half at the 10:25 mark. The hosts quickly found their stride, however, and went on a 17-5 run in the next five minutes to take the lead for good.

The Thunderbirds cut the Bronco lead to four and made it a 30-26 game with 2:51 to play in the half, but Boise State rattled off a 12-4 run to close the first and led 42-29 at the break.

Boise State kept rolling in the second half and eventually pushed the lead to 21 (61-40) at the 12:05 mark. The Broncos never let the lead dip below that margin for the rest of the game and was able to play 13 players for the second-straight game.

Southern Utah made a point to take away Chandler Hutchison's threat as a scorer, but the senior responded with a team-best five assists and six rebounds to still make his presence felt on the game.

"Chandler doesn't even blink about shooting three shots," head coach Leon Rice said. "That's the kind of kid he is and the kind of team we have... This team is hung up on the right things. That's the beauty of this group and what makes them unique. When you have a team like that, you can fight through some things and get a lot better."

The 3-point line was once again a valuable vehicle for the Broncos in reaching 90 points, as they went 12-of-27 (44.4%) from distance.

The offensive outburst this weekend was fairly historic as Boise State scored 194 points over the course of the two games. The 194 points in consecutive games is the most since the 2013-14 season when the team opened the season scoring 116 on Nov. 8, 2013 in a win against UT Arlington, and then 110 on Nov. 15, 2013 in a win against Simpson, totaling 226 points for the two games.

Now the Broncos will head to South Carolina for the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach with an opening-round matchup against UTEP, Thursday, Nov. 16 at noon (MT).

"I think it will be a good chance for our team to show how together we are," senior Lexus Williams commented on next week. "Like tonight with Chandler not getting many shots and us showing how much of a team we are, and how much of a threat each guy is out there on the floor. I think that the upcoming trip will be a really good opportunity to show that."

Fans can watch Thursday's game on ESPNU or listen on the radio on 1350 AM KTIK.


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