Boise State Men's Basketball Opens WAC Play in Hawaii

BRONCOS OPEN CONFERENCE PLAY AT HAWAII : The Boise State men’s basketball team (9-3) opens up conference play across the Pacific at Hawaii, where the Broncos look to continue their three-game winning streak and open up WAC play with a win for third consecutive season when they face off against the Rainbow Warriors Saturday, Jan. 3, at 10:05 p.m. (MT).

ABOUT THE HAWAII RAINBOW WARRIORS (8-4, 0-0 WAC): The Rainbow Warriors have posted a record of 8-4 during nonconference play this season, with their largest win coming in their last game with a 26 point victory over George Washington (73-47) ... Hawaii is 7-3 when playing at home and 0-1 on the road ... Leading the way for UH is Roderick Flemings as he not only leads the team in scoring (19.3 ppg) and rebounds (7.3 rpg), but ranks first in the WAC in scoring and offensive rebounds ... Flemings had a career day against Eastern Washington as he tallied 37 points against the Eagles ... Also making an impact on the floor for UH is Pertas Balocka, who has been the leading scorer for the Rainbow Warriors in three games this season and is averaging 12.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game ... As a team Hawaii leads the WAC in offensive rebounds averaging 14.18 per game.

LAST TIME AGAINST HAWAII (MARCH 13, 2008):  Reggie Larry scored 16 of his 26 points in the second half and Boise State survived a shaky start, beating Hawaii 80-74 in the WAC tournament quarterfinals ... Tyler Tiedeman scored 14 points and Matt Nelson added 10 as the Broncos (23-8) advanced to the semifinals ... After trailing by as many as nine points, Boise State began the second half with a 12-2 run to make it a game ... Hawaii (11-19) ended the season on a seven-game losing streak, its longest since the 1995-96 season, and hasn't won in the WAC quarterfinals since 2005 .... The Warriors had their first losing season in nine years under first-year coach Bob Nash ... Riley Luettgerodt and Matt Gibson each scored 17 while Jared Dillinger added 14 and Bill Amis scored 10 ... Boise State swept the season series with Hawaii, 3-0 during the season.

THE BRONCOS AGAINST THE RAINBOW WARRIORS: Historically, the Rainbow Warriors lead the series against the Broncos 8-7 ... While the Broncos are behind in the overall series record, since arriving at Boise State, the Broncos are 7-6 against UH under coach Graham ... Despite leading the series, Hawaii has dropped the last three games to Boise State, with its last win over the Broncos coming March 3, 2007 when UH posted a 95-72 win on its home court ... When playing on the island, the Broncos own a record of 1-6 as Boise State picked up its first win at Hawaii last season with an 80-74 point victory ... The longest winning streak for either team is at three games, with no team ever winning four consecutive meetings.

BOISE STATE IN WAC CONFERENCE OPENERS: This marks the first time that the Broncos have opened up conference play against Hawaii ... Historically, Boise State is 4-3 in their conference openers since joining the WAC during the 2002 season ... This is just the third time the Broncos have opened conference play on the road, owning a record of 1-1 ... Boise State has been victorious in its last two conference openers, posting wins over Utah State in 2007 (77-66) and San Jose State in 2008 (78-63) ... As a team, the Broncos have averaged 72.7 points in their conference openers.

SIMILAR OPPONENTS: UH and Boise State have played against four similar opponents this season, which include Colorado State, Eastern Washington, Idaho State and San Francisco ... Against those four teams, the Broncos only loss came to San Francisco to own a record of 3-1, while the Rainbow Warriors fell to both San Francisco and Colorado State to post a record of 2-2 ... Ironically, both Boise State and Hawaii took Idaho State to overtime and pulled out a win over the Bengals.

RADIO:  KIDO (580 & 630 AM) in Boise, will broadcast the game live with Bob Behler providing the play-by-play. Former Boise State basketball player Abe Jackson handles color commentary. The games can also be heard on the Boise State Broncos Radio Network in Twin Falls (KSNQ 98.3 FM), Pocatello (KWIK 1240AM), Idaho Falls (KID 590AM), Sun Valley (KYZK 107.5FM), and McCall (KDZY 98.3 FM). KIDO, which is in its first year as the home of the Broncos, will broadcast every Boise State game.

TELEVISION:  There is no TV for the Hawaii game.  Fans can log on to broncosports.com and watch all home games.   By becoming a Bronco Vision premium subscription member, Boise State fans will receive access to live games, past games, seasonal highlights, special features and interviews that can only be seen by paying the membership price of $9.95 per month or $69.95 per year.  Bronco Vision members will need a high speed internet connection.

BRONCOS LOW SCORE WINS BIG: The 57 points scored by the Broncos are the fewest points posted in a Boise State victory since Dec. 30, 2006 when the Broncos posted a 54-45 win over Idaho State ... The 48 scored by Eastern Washington is also the fewest points Boise State has allowed since the game against Idaho State, Dec. 30, 2006.

BOISE CROWDS GIVE BRONCOS BOOST: Boise State’s crowd of 3,069 marked the second largest home crowd the Broncos have played in front of this season ... The largest home crowd to date this season was 3,810 against Colorado State ... The Broncos own a record of 3-0 when playing at home in front of crowds of 3,000+.

DOUBLE HEADER SUCCESS: The Broncos have played in four double-headers (including an exhibition game) with the women’s team at home this season and have posted a perfect record of 4-0 in those games ... The final double-header of the season is scheduled for Saturday, March 7 against Nevada.

BOISE STATE WINS BIG OVER BIG SKY CONFERENCE: The win over Eastern Washington marks the third win over a Big Sky team this season ... The last time the Broncos fell to an opponent in the Big Sky was last season to Montana State, 84-86 ... This season, Boise State posted wins over Idaho State (92-84 OT), Montana State (74-61) and now Eastern Washington (57-48).

SANCHEZ SEEING DOUBLES: Senior Mark Sanchez recorded his third double-double of both the season and his career tallying a team-high 14 points and 13 rebounds ... Sanchez knocked down all six shots from the free throw line ... Also marked the 10th game in which the senior has scored in double-digits this season, the 11th of his career ... In addition, he tallied a career-high three blocks against the Eagles.

BRONCOS BUSTING 50 PERCENT MARK: Junior Kurt Cunningham improved his streak to 12 games in which he has shot 50 percent from the field or better ... Sophomore Paul Noonan notched a team-high 14 points, tying with Sanchez, sinking 5-of-9 shots taken from the field against Eastern Washington ... Marked the fourth consecutive game in which the forward has shot 50 percent from the floor.

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