Broncos at New Mexico Sunday
Jan. 16, 2015
Sunday, Jan. 18 at New Mexico 4 p.m. MT
THE GAME: Boise State men’s basketball travels to New Mexico for a Sunday matchup set to tip at 4 p.m. MT, on CBS Sports Network. The Broncos (11-6, 1-3 MW) look to carry the momentum of their first Mountain West win of the year to Albuquerque, where they have yet to pick up a victory. The Lobos (12-5, 4-1 MW) are tied for first in the conference after beating Air Force, Wednesday.
RADIO INFORMATION: Boise State’s games will be broadcast live on the Bronco Radio Network, with KBOI (670 AM) serving as the flagship station. The broadcast will also be streamed live at BroncoSports.com.
TV INFORMATION: Sunday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network. In Boise, CBSSN can be found on Cable ONE channels 332 and 410 (HD), DirecTV channel 221 and DISH channel 158.
Play-by-Play: Dave Ryan
Analyst: Steve Lappas
ABOUT NEW MEXICO: The Lobos are paced by balanced scoring with Deshawn Delaney leading the way at 12.8 points per game. Hugh Greenwood is averaging 11 points to go with 4.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Three more Lobos average more than six points. New Mexico is holding opponents to 57.7 points per game and just 56.2 in MW play. Overall, opponents are shooting just 27.5 percent from three-point range.
SERIES HISTORY: New Mexico leads 6-1 all-time, including winning all three meetings in Albuquerque. Boise State earned its first win in the series last season with a 71-70 victory at Taco Bell Arena (Feb. 12, 2014). The Lobos ended the Broncos’ season with a 70-67 win in the semifinals of the MW Championship.
LAST TIME OUT: Boise State picked up its first MW win of the season Tuesday, beating UNLV 82-73 in overtime at home. Derrick Marks led the way with 28 points including the game-tying bucket with 16 seconds left in regulation. The Broncos forced six turnovers in the extra period.
BRONCOS IN THE PIT: Boise State is 0-3 all-time playing at The Pit, which is now formally known as WisePies Arena and used to be University Arena. The Broncos lost 84-75 last season, the closest margin in any of the three games. Boise State’s first trip to Albuquerque in 2012 was a 76-61 loss, followed by a 60-50 setback in 2013. It is one of four venues in the MW the Broncos have not won a road game (San Diego State, UNLV and Utah State).
DOWN TO THE WIRE: Boise State is 22-17 in its last 39 games. Nearly half (19) of those games have been decided by six points or fewer. The Broncos are 6-13 in those games, including 10 losses by four points or fewer.
BIG SHOT ROB: Boise State has played four overtime periods (20 minutes), and no Bronco has played more overtime minutes than Rob Heyer. In 18 overtime minutes, Heyer has scored nine points on 2-for-3 shooting and is 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Both of his field goals have been the game-winning basket as the Broncos never trailed after his three-pointer against Houston or his layup against UNLV. Heyer’s nine overtime points represent 15 percent of his season scoring in just six percent of his minutes played.
HUTCHISON START: Boise State freshman Chandler Hutchison made the first start of his career Tuesday, against UNLV. Hutchison became the second true freshman to start a game this season for the Broncos (Wacker).
70 THE MAGIC NUMBER: Under Leon Rice, Boise State’s recipe for success has been to score 70 points. The Broncos are 73-15 when scoring at least 70, and 15-45 when failing to reach that mark.
VOLUME SCORER: Derrick Marks has scored at least 30 points in a game seven times in his career, the most by a Bronco in program history. Marks has three games with at least 30 points this season, including 31 in Boise State’s last outing Jan. 3, against Utah State. He also went for 30-plus three times in 2012-13 as a sophomore. Marks is just the fourth Bronco to eclipse 30 points three times in a season, joining Ron Austin (1970-71), Tanoka Beard (1992-93) and Roberto Bergersen (1998-99). He is the first to do so in two different seasons.
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