Hutchison Records Triple-Double in Win
Dec. 3, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho – With today’s tip-off against Portland (3-5) coming less than 48 hours after a road win against a Pac-12 opponent, Sunday had all the makings of a trap game for the Boise State men’s basketball team.

But the Broncos (8-1) continued their hot start to the season, notching a convincing 77-54 win – their fifth time winning by 20 or more points this season – over the Pilots at Taco Bell Arena behind Chandler Hutchison’s 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the first known triple-double in program history as far Boise State’s single-game records go back (1985-86).

Hutchison’s stat line is the fifth triple-double in Mountain West history and the sixth triple-double in the NCAA this season.

The win also gave head coach Leon Rice his 150th career victory. Rice is the fastest coach in Boise State history to make it to 150 wins, doing so in only 238 games (150-88).

This is the eighth time the Broncos have started 8-1, and the first since the 2013-14 season. 

Three-point shooting continues to fuel Boise State’s offense this season as Boise State went 15-of-34 (44.1-percent) from beyond the arc. The Broncos now have six games this season making double-digit threes.

On a scoring drought where Portland closed within single digits with 5:02 remaining in the first half, Christian Sengfelder sunk a trey from the right corner. Justinian Jessup then made back-to-back threes to put Boise State on a 9-0 run, and Portland was never within single digits for the remainder of the game.

Boise State continued their strong showing in the second half, as the Broncos never trailed in the game and led by as many as 28 late in the second half. The Blue and Orange also outrebounded the Pilots, 43-30.

Four Broncos scored in double-figures, with Jessup and Sengfelder each scoring 17. Jessup was 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. Lexus Williams had 11 points for his fourth game this season in double-digit scoring.

The Broncos will return to action Saturday, Dec. 9 against Sacramento State at home back at Taco Bell Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. (MT).

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