Boise State Sets School Mark in 77-33 win
Dec. 20, 2014

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Derrick Marks scored 17 points, and Boise State set a school record for fewest points allowed in a game in a 77-33 win over Abilene Christian Saturday, at Taco Bell Arena. The game was part of the Las Vegas Classic.

The previous mark of 35 points allowed was recorded on Dec. 12, 1994, in a 66-35 win against Cal Poly. Abilene Christian managed only 14 points in the second half after trailing 34-19 at halftime.

The Broncos (9-2) never trailed. They scored the first 13 points and led by as many as 21 in the first half. Marks scored 11 points in the opening half when Boise State made 14 of 23 shots from the field. Marks, a senior, made a career-best five 3-point field goals.

Abilene Christian (4-6) missed its first 11 shots and fell behind 13-0. The Wildcats did not score until there was 12:45 left in the first half. Abilene Christian did reel off 10 points in a row to pull within 29-19 but never got within single digits.

James Webb III finished with 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds for Boise State, which has an average margin of victory of 28.6 points during its current five-game winning streak. Joe Hanstad finished with 10 points for the Broncos, who finished the game shooting 60.9 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.

Austin Cooke scored 11 points and Jalen Little had nine for the Wildcats, who shot only 20 percent from the field and were outrebounded 41-22.

Abilene Christian was 11-for-55 from the floor, including 5-for-36 on two-point field goals. It is the lowest shooting percentage allowed by Boise State since at least 1986-87, the beginning of the three-point era, and as far back as game-by-game records reach.

Jake Ness played 10 minutes and grabbed a career-high six rebounds. Ness scored two points on a layup after an offensive rebound. David Wacker also had six rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench.

Hanstad's double-figure effort was his highest scoring output since also tallying 10 points Dec. 30, 2012, against Corban. It is the fourth time he has scored in double figures in his career.

Montigo Alford chipped in eight points off the bench and dished out a team-high five assists without committing a turnover.

Boise State will next travel to Las Vegas for the on-site games of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic Monday and Tuesday, at the Orleans Arena. The Broncos take on Houston (5-3) Monday, at 7:30 p.m. PT.


Abilene Christian: The Wildcats' woes away from home continued with the loss. Abilene Christian dropped its 19th consecutive road game, a stretch that dates back to the start of last season. The Wildcats, who are 4-0 at home this season, haven't won an away game since Feb. 27, 2013, when the Wildcats defeated Incarnate Word. Abilene Christian hasn't won a nonconference game away from home since beating Texas-Permian Basin on Nov. 18, 2011. The Wildcats were a Division II school that season.

Boise State: Forward Anthony Drmic sat out his fourth consecutive game with a back injury. The senior, who ranks sixth in school history with 1,528 points, averages 15.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in the seven games he's played. Boise State hasn't put a timetable on Drmic's return. He's been the team's leading scorer in his first three seasons. The Broncos also were without sophomore forward Nick Duncan, who averages 8.9 points per game. Duncan injured his ankle in practice and his right foot was in a boot Saturday.


Abilene Christian plays South Carolina State on Monday in Las Vegas.

Boise State plays Houston on Monday in Las Vegas.

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