Broncos Return Home to Host New Mexico State and La Tech

BRONCOS LOOK TO IMPROVE RECORD WITH A PAIR OF HOME GAMES: The Boise State men’s basketball team returns home to take on conference foes New Mexico State, Thursday, Jan. 22 at 7:07 p.m.,  and Louisiana Tech, Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. Please note that Saturday’s game against La Tech is scheduled to tip-off at 2 p.m., not 7 p.m. like the tickets state, as it will be picked up on ESPN Full Court.

ABOUT THE NEW MEXICO STATE AGGIES (9-9, 3-2 WAC): New Mexico State owns an overall record of 9-9, but are just 2-6 when playing on the road this season ... The Aggies only two road wins came against conference opponents, Fresno State and San Jose State ... Leading the way for NMSU is sophomore Jahmar Young, who is averaging 17.1 points per game, ranking second among the Western Athletic Conference in scoring .... Young also leads New Mexico State with 56 assists, dishing out 3.11 assists per game, which is good enough for ninth in the WAC ... Not to be overshadowed on the offensive side of the ball is junior Jonathan Gibson who is 10th in the conference in scoring, averaging 14.2 points per game, and is a sharp shooter from beyond the arc as he ranks fourth in the WAC in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting .400 ... Defensively, sophomore Wendell McKines not only leads New Mexico State averaging 9.7 rebounds per game, but leads the WAC ... The Broncos need to take care of the ball when facing NMSU as three Aggies rank among the WAC’s top 10 in steals: Gibson (2nd 1.59 spg); Young (T8th 1.22 spg); Hernst Laroche (T10th 1.17 spg) ... As a team, New Mexico State leads the conference in scoring offense (77.2 ppg) and 3-point field goal percentage (.399).

LAST TIME AGAINST NEW MEXICO STATE (MARCH 15, 2008): Reggie Larry had 31 points and 16 rebounds as the Broncos reached the NCAAs for the first time since 1994, outlasting New Mexico State 107-102 for the WAC tournament title in a triple-overtime thriller ... Matt Nelson added 26 points, Tyler Tiedeman had 17, Matt Bauscher scored 14 and Anthony Thomas 13 as the Broncos got contributions from every corner of the lineup ... Freshman Herb Pope led the Aggies (21-14) with 20 points, playing through foul trouble since picking up his third late in the first half ... Justin Hawkins had 18 and Fred Peete scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half as New Mexico State erased a 16-point deficit ... The win secured Boise State a place in the NCAA Tournament ... The last time the Broncos reached the NCAA tournament, they won the Big Sky tourney but lost to Louisville in the first round.

THE BRONCOS AGAINST THE AGGIES: Historically, New Mexico State leads the series 11-7, with Boise State posting a record of 1-2 against NMSU last season ... The Broncos lone win last season came at the conference tournament as they beat the Aggies, 107-102, in triple overtime last season in the WAC Championship game ... New Mexico State is 3-4 when playing in Taco Bell Arena, with its last win in Boise coming Feb. 9, 2008, as the Aggies defeated the Broncos 99-80.

ABOUT THE LOUISIANA TECH BULLDOGS (8-10, 2-3 WAC): The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have posted a record of 3-6 when playing on the road this season ... Last week the Bulldogs broke a three-game losing streak as they beat Idaho, 74-63, in Ruston, La ... La Tech has not posted back-to-back wins since it went on a three-game winning streak stretching from Dec. 6 Dec. 13, 2008, posting wins over Grambling State (77-47), Louisiana - Monroe (69-57) and Centenary College (77-71) ... Leading the way for the Bulldogs is a quartette of juniors ...  Kyle Gibson ranks seventh in the WAC in scoring (15.4 points per game), first in 3-point field goal percentage (.460) and 3-pointers made, averaging 2.35 three’s a game ... Also scoring in double-figures is Jamel Guyton with 12.1 points per game, ranking among the conference’s elite in steals (6th 1.47 spg), 3-pointers made (7th 1.94 pg) and free throw percentage (10th - .739) ... Look for Magnum Rolle to be a threat as he is seventh in the WAC in field goal percentage (.532), eighth in rebounding (6.7 rpg), eighth in blocked shots (1.47 bpg), all while averaging 11.5 points per game ... Kenneth Cooper will dominate the boards as he averages 7.1 rebounds per game, ranking sixth in the conference, and averages 11.7 points per game.

LAST TIME AGAINST LA TECH (FEBRUARY 7, 2008):  Reggie Larry scored 25 points, and Bronco head coach Greg Graham won his 100th game as Boise State University shot a blistering 57.7 percent in the first half of the game en route to a 73-61 Western Athletic Conference win over Louisiana Tech ... Louisiana Tech came out of the gate hot, leading for much of the first half but Boise State would its stroke, ending the half on a 13-2 run to take a 35-32 lead into the locker room ... For the first five minutes of the second half, the teams traded baskets but the speed and depth of Boise State wore down the Bulldogs ... The Broncos' lead grew to as many as 12 with 11:37 to play, but a 13-4 Tech run would cut that to 57-54 at the eight-minute mark, but Boise State made clutch shots down the stretch to get the 12-point win ... Tyler Tiedeman scored 15 points for the Broncos, while Matt Nelson added 12 ... Orren Tims, a freshman making his debut for the Bulldogs, had 16 points and nine rebounds ... James Loe and Kyle Gibson added 11 apiece.

THE BRONCOS AGAINST THE BULLDOGS: While Louisiana Tech leads the series 6-9, Boise State is currently on a two-game winning streak as the Broncos swept the Bulldogs last season for the first time ... Boise State’s two-game winning streak over La Tech is the longest streak the Broncos have posted over the Bulldogs in the history of the series ... Louisiana Tech’s longest streak is three games ... Coach Greg Graham is looking to even out the series record as he owns a record of 6-7 against La Tech ... When playing at Taco Bell Arena, the Broncos have the edge as the Bulldogs are 4-3 all-time when playing in Boise.

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:  Thursday’s game against New Mexico State will be available on KTVB Channel 7 featuring veteran announcers David Augusto (play-by-play) and David King (color commentator). As for Saturday afternoon’s game against La Tech, it will be broadcast on ESPN Full Court with coverage beginning at 2 p.m. (MST).

ESPN 360 PICKS UP NEW MEXICO STATE GAME: Thursday’s game against New Mexico State will be available online via ESPN360.com -- ESPN's signature broadband sports TV network.  The game is available completely free to any student on campus (in fact, to any student on any U.S. college campus -- nearly 18 million people).  This season, ESPN360.com will feature more than 300 college basketball games. To access the game on ESPN360, go to: http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/espn360/index?id=290220068.

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.

BRONCO OF THE WEEK: Sophomore Paul Noonan led Boise State over the weekend road trip as the Broncos fell to two of the conference’s top teams, Nevada and Utah State ... During Thursday’s game at Nevada, Noonan tallied five points and three rebounds, but the Broncos fell, 63-77, to the Wolf Pack ... It was in Saturday night’s game at the WAC’s top seeded Utah State that Noonan shined as he recorded 14 points, hitting 4-for-7 from the field and sunk all four of his shots from the line, in addition to dishing out three assists ... On the week, the forward shot .400 (6-15) from the field, .429 (3-7) from beyond the arc, to average 9.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.

THOMAS TOPS CHARTS: Junior guard Anthony Thomas dished out six assists at Utah State, moving his way up the charts in the Bronco record books as he recorded his 279th career assist, which is good enough for seventh in the Boise State record books ... He now sits 19 assists out of sixth, which is currently held by Bryan Defares with 298 career assists.

BLOCK PARTY:  Junior Ike Okoye was a blocking machine at Utah State as he tallied a career-high six blocks, just one shy of setting a single-game school record ... The forward had an amazing game as he added 15 points, seven rebounds and a steal all in just 16 minutes of play ... On the season, Okoye has registered 35 blocks, sitting just three shy of breaking into the single-season top-10  in the Boise State record books ... Okoye currently leads the conference in blocked shots, averaging 2.06 blocks per game.

SOPHOMORE STANDOUT: Sophomore La'Shard Anderson generally likes to stay out of the spotlight, but the focus was on him when the Boise State were at Nevada as he led the Broncos in scoring with a career-high 14 points ... Anderson went 6-for-10 from the field, while sinking both his shots from the charity stripe, while adding a pair of rebounds and a steal.

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