BOISE, Idaho (AP) -Matt Nelson scored 21 points, Matt Bauscher and Reggie Larry each added 15 and Boise State beat San Jose State 78-63 on Wednesday night in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both schools.
Boise State (10-3, 1-0 WAC) shot 61 percent and had to withstand a San Jose State charge that brought the Spartans from down 13 at halftime to within one midway through the second half.
San Jose State (6-6, 0-1) was led by Justin Graham's 18 points, hitting 6 of 7 shots. Tim Pierce scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half.
After shooting only 37 percent in the first half and falling behind 38-25 at the break, the Spartans found some offense to pull within 56-55 on Chris Oakes' basket with 9:51 left. But that was as close as San Jose State would get as Nelson scored to key a 16-4 Boise State run to push the lead back to 13.
Tyler Tiedeman added 13 points and eight assists, and Nelson also grabbed 11 rebounds. The Broncos won for the ninth time in 10 games, including last Saturday's 73-70 win over then-No. 20 BYU.