Broncos Play Host to San Jose State and Hawaii in First WAC Home Stand
BRONCOS PLAY HOST TO SAN JOSE STATE AND HAWAII IN FIRST WAC HOME STAND: The Boise State men’s basketball team (10-3, 1-0) was successful during nonconference play and the Broncos look to continue its winning streak into WAC play as they play host to conference foes San Jose State and Hawaii in their first WAC home stand of the season. Boise State faces off against the Spartans Thursday, Jan. 8 at 7:05 p.m. (MST) before taking on the Rainbow Warriors for the second time this season, Saturday, Jan. 10, at 7:07 p.m. (MST).
ABOUT THE SAN JOSE STATE SPARTANS (6-6, 0-2 WAC): The Spartans own a record of 6-6 overall and are still in search of their first conference win as San Jose State is currently 0-2 in WAC play ... The Spartans are led by Adrian Oliver as he leads the team with 18.8 points per game ... Not the be overshadowed is Tim Pierce who is currently fourth in the WAC in scoring with 16.1 points per game, in addition to ranking sixth in the conference with 7.1 rebounds per game ... Dominating the glass for San Jose is Chris Oakes as he is currently second in the WAC in rebounding averaging 9.0 boards per game ... Also proving to be a force for the Spartans is C.J. Webster as he has proven to be a versatile player on the floor ranking among the top 15 in the WAC in both scoring (14th 12.8 ppg) and rebounding (15th 5.9 rpg).
LAST TIME AGAINST SAN JOSE STATE (FEBRUARY 28, 2008): The Broncos defeated the Spartans 74-68, keeping coach Greg Graham’s team atop the WAC standings heading ... Against the Spartans (12-15, 4-9), the Broncos got the balanced scoring that has been critical to their success this season ... Tyler Tiedeman scored 16points to lead five Broncos in double figures ... Matt Nelson had 12 points and seven rebounds before leaving the game with an ankle injury ... Anthony Thomas finished with 15 points, while Reggie Larry had 10 for BSU, which tied a school record set in 2003-04 with its 10th road win of the season ... The Broncos also got a much-needed lift from their bench with a strong game by freshman Paul Noonan, who scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half ... Graham led San Jose State with 20 points.
THE BRONCOS AGAINST THE SPARTANS: Since joining the WAC, the Broncos lead the series against the Spartans, 17-1 ... The last time San Jose posted a win over Boise State was Feb. 2, 2002 when the Spartans beat out the Broncos 62-51 ... Since taking over at the helm of the Boise State program, the Broncos have yet to lose to the Spartans in the Greg Graham era, owning a record of 12-0 ... San Jose State has never won when playing at Taco Bell Arena and are currently on a nine game losing streak when playing in Boise.
ABOUT THE HAWAII RAINBOW WARRIORS (9-5, 1-1 WAC): After opening WAC play against the Broncos last week, the Rainbow Warriors pushed their overall record to 9-5, while posting a win over conference foe Louisiana Tech moving their conference record to 1-1 ... Roderick Flemings continues to lead Hawaii on the floor as he averaged 14.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game when the Rainbow Warriors opened conference play against Boise State and Louisiana Tech ... Flemings currently leads the WAC in scoring, averaging 17.8 points per game, and ranks 11th in rebounding with 6.3 rebounds per game ... On the defensive side of the ball, look for Bill Amis to dominate off the boards as he leads the Rainbow Warriors and is currently 10th in the WAC averaging 6.8 rebounds per game, in addition to ranking ninth averaging 1.36 blocked shots per game.
LAST TIME AGAINST HAWAII (JANUARY 3, 2009): Kurt Cunningham scored 14 points to lead Boise State to a 70-58 win over Hawaii in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams ... The Broncos (10-3, 1-0 WAC) got a double-double from Mark Sanchez, who scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds ... Anthony Thomas added 11 points and eight assists for the defending WAC champions ... Roderick Flemings scored 21 points to lead Hawaii (8-5, 0-1 WAC) ... Petras Balocka had 12 points and 12 rebounds ... Boise State drained six of its seven 3-pointers in the first half to take a 35-29 lead into the intermission ... Hawaii knotted the game at 51 apiece at the 9:23 mark on Adhar Mayen's 3-pointer, but the Broncos went on a 6-0 run to extend their lead back to six ... The Rainbow Warriors got within a basket after Bill Amis hit the second of two free throws to make it 58-56 with 4:21 to play, but they could get no closer.
THE BRONCOS AGAINST THE RAINBOW WARRIORS: After defeating the Rainbow Warriors in their WAC conference opener, the Broncos pushed the overall series record against Hawaii to a tie at 8-8 ... Boise State has won the last four meetings, with their last win coming last week with a 70-58 victory at Hawaii, which marked just the second time in which the Broncos had posted a win on the island ... The four game winning streak by Boise State marks the longest winning streak posted by either team as neither the Broncos or Rainbow Warriors had ever won four consecutive meetings ... The last time Hawaii was able to post a win at Taco Bell Arena was Feb. 11, 2006 when UH beat Boise State 73-64 ... Boise State Head Coach Greg Graham owns a record of 8-6 against the Rainbow Warriors, while Hawaii Head Coach Bob Nash is 0-4 when facing the Broncos.
BOISE STATE IN WAC CONFERENCE OPENERS: Historically, Boise State is 5-3 in their conference openers since joining the WAC during the 2002 season ... The Broncos win over the Rainbow Warriors marked the first time that Boise State has opened up conference play against Hawaii ... The Broncos win over the Rainbow Warriors in their WAC conference opener improved Boise State’s record to 10-3 ... Marked the third consecutive season in which the Broncos have won their conference opener ... The Broncos now own a record of 5-3 in WAC conference openers, including a record of 2-1 when opening on the road ... Boise State has been victorious in its last three conference openers, posting wins over Utah State in 2007 (77-66), San Jose State in 2008 (78-63) and Hawaii in 2009 (70-58) ... As a team, the Broncos have averaged 74.6 points in their conference openers.
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 San Jose State game, however Saturday’s game against Hawaii will be aired on Channel 7 KTVB with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. (MST).
BRONCOS ON THE INTERNET: 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. Live stats can be found at broncosports.com to follow the game on game tracker.
ROAD WARRIORS: The Broncos, who started out the season with two consecutive losses on the road, have now won their last three road games ... The last time Boise State won three consecutive road games was during the 2007-08 season when the Broncos posted wins over San Jose State (Feb. 28) and Hawaii (March 1) on their final regular season road trip of the season before posting a win over New Mexico State (March 15) at the WAC tournament ... The trend stretched throughout the conference as each of the four games WAC games played Saturday night were won by the visiting team (Louisiana Tech 66, San Jose State 61; New Mexico State 79, Fresno State 66; Idaho 78, Nevada 73).
GOING STREAKING: The Broncos are currently on a four-game winning streak, with their last loss coming Dec. 13 against San Francisco when Boise State fell to the Dons by three points in the final seconds ... Boise State led 35-29 at the half, continuing its winning streak when ahead at halftime and are currently 6-0 when leading at the half ... As a team, the Broncos had two or more players score in double-digits for the fifth consecutive game (Kurt Cunningham recorded 14, Mark Sanchez tallied 12, Anthony Thomas notched 11) ... Hawaii marked the fifth consecutive game in which senior Mark Sanchez has scored 10+ points ... For the 13th consecutive game, junior Kurt Cunningham shot 50 percent or better from the field as he made 5-of-9 from the field to tally 14 points against the Rainbow Warriors ... Also continuing their streak of making 50 percent of their shots from the floor was Paul Noonan (5) and Aaron Garner (3).
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