Broncos Drop Final Nonconference Game
FRESNO, Calif. – The Boise State men’s basketball team dropped its final nonconference game of the regular season Monday, falling 72-59 to Fresno State at the Save Mart Center. The Broncos completed nonconference play with a record of 10-5, and the Bulldogs improved to 7-8.

Turnovers plagued Boise State in the first half, and hot shooting from Fresno State in the second half kept the Broncos from chipping away at the Bulldogs’ lead.

After turning the ball over just seven times the entire game in Saturday’s win over Idaho, the Broncos had 12 giveaways in the opening half against the Bulldogs. The turnovers, coupled with a 2-for-11 clip from the 3-point line, allowed Fresno State to build an 11-point lead in the first period.

But the Broncos were able to keep it close with their efforts at the other end of the floor, and trailed by just six entering the second half (31-25).

The Bulldogs’ leading scorer, Kevin Olekaibe – who was averaging nearly 20 points per game and had 28 earlier this season in Boise - was held scoreless for nearly 30 minutes and finished with just eight points. Fresno State also knocked down less than 40 percent of their first-half attempts, including a mark of 1-for-8 from the 3-point line.

Boise State took better care of the ball in second half, turning the ball over just once. The shooting also improved, as the team knocked down 50 percent of its attempts (12-of-24). However, the Bulldogs started the second half 7-of-10 from the floor, including 3-of-3 from the 3-point line, ultimately building as much as a 19-point lead.

Fresno State finished the second half hitting 14-of-24 shots (.583), and Steve Shepp scored 16 of his game-high 18 points in the final period, keeping his team in control.

Kenny Buckner scored a team-high 13 points on 6-of-7 shooting for the Broncos, and Westly Perryman tied his season high with seven rebounds.

The Broncos have more than a week off before hosting Air Force in the team’s first conference game as a member of the Mountain West. The Broncos and Falcons are slated to tip at 4 p.m., Jan. 14 (Saturday), at Taco Bell Arena.

--broncosports.com--

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