The Boise State men's basketball team continues its three-game road trip, traveling to face New Mexico State Thursday (Jan. 27), and Louisiana Tech Saturday (Jan. 29).
The Broncos (12-7, 5-2 WAC) and Aggies (10-11, 4-3 WAC) are slated to tip-off at 7:05 p.m. (MT) at Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M.
Boise State closes the week against the Bulldogs (9-12, 0-7 WAC) at 6:05 p.m. (MT), at Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, La.
Boise State won this year's first meeting 81-78 at Taco Bell Arena (Dec. 31), but the Broncos trail New Mexico State 10-14 in the all-time series. The New Year's Eve victory snapped a three-game losing streak to the Aggies.
Boise State is 4-8 when playing in Las Cruces, N.M., including wins in two of the last three trips to Pan American Center.
La'Shard Anderson scored 12 of the final 16 points for Boise State as the Broncos fought back from a 12-point deficit to defeat in-state rival Idaho 70-67 at Cowan Spectrum, Jan. 22. Boise State outscored the Vandals 24-15 in the final 10 minutes - and made 8-of-11 free throws in the final 5:12 - securing the biggest Bronco comeback of the season. Anderson finished with a game-high 21 points, and was one of four Broncos in double figures.
BRONCOS IN SECOND PLACE
At 5-2 in the Western Athletic Conference, the Broncos trail only undefeated Utah State (7-0) in the league standings.
Senior guard La'Shard Anderson ranked eighth in the country in steals (2.8 per game) entering this week, and was also ranked No. 38 in assists (5.2 pg).
DEBUT FOR RICE
Leon Rice, in his debut season after being named the seventh head coach in school history, is the only coach to begin his career with six-consecutive wins.
Since Boise State became a four-year institution prior to the 1968-69 season, no other coach won more than his first two games to begin his career. Rice joins the Broncos after spending the last 11 seasons on the coaching staff at Gonzaga. He had served as the associate head coach with the Bulldogs since 2007.
Bob Behler is in his third season as the "Voice of the Broncos," and his 25th calling college basketball games. Joining Behler, and also in his third season, is former Bronco Abe Jackson, who played for Boise State from 1998-2002.
All Bronco games will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with KBOI 670 AM serving as the flagship station. Games can also be heard live at broncosports.com.