The Boise State men’s basketball team returns home after registering their first conference win of the season against rival Idaho and look to continue with the momentum as the Broncos take on Fresno State, Saturday, Jan. 30. The women will start things off against Utah State at 6:05 p.m., at Taco Bell Arena. Following the conclusion of the women’s game, the men will take the court to take on the Bulldogs at approximately 8:15 p.m.
Fans planning to attend Saturday’s double header can take advantage of an amazing deal. You can get a $5 ticket to both games if the ticket is purchased prior to halftime of the women’s game. Tickets for Saturday’s competition will be reserved seating.
The Broncos own an all-time record of 12-14 against the Bulldogs, while they are just 10-8 all-time under coach Graham. Since joining the WAC in 2001-02, the two schools have split the regular season series six times, as Boise State has won the last five played at Taco Bell Arena.
Catch up on some quality family time by making it to Family Night at Bronco Basketball this Saturday night (Jan. 30th). It’s a steal of a deal as $35 gets you four tickets to the game, four hot dogs and four cokes. That’s right, it’s not a typo, you get tickets and feed the whole crew for just $35. Just visit the box office on the night of the game or visit any select-a-seat outlet. Or, pre-order your tickets in order to go right to the entrance Wednesday night by visiting www.idahotickets.com.
About Fresno State...
With the Dogs’ Jan. 2 win versus Boise State (71-68), head coach Steve Cleveland passed Arthur W. Jones (1922-29) for 7th place on the all-time wins list by Bulldog head men’s basketball coaches. Cleveland is two wins away from tying Gary Colson as the sixth winningest coach in Bulldog history with 76 career victories
Through his first 22 games as a Bulldog, Greg Smith ranks 12th in the nation in field goal percentage and leads the team with four double-doubles.
Sophomore point guard Steven Shepp is showing his visionary style for running the Bulldog offense. As a transfer from Allegany College of Maryland, Shepp spent the first month of the season sparking the team from the bench before earning his starting role. His passionate approach to the game and pass-first philosophy led to a career-high 10 assists versus SJSU (Jan. 11). He also presents a deep threat to score from anywhere on the hardwood.
Senior Sylvester Seay combined his 161 points as a Sun Devil and his first 839 points as a Bulldog to reach the 1,000 point milestone. Seay upped his total to 851 points in a Bulldog uniform in just 56 games played and entered the week ranked 44th highest scorer in program history. On the season, Seay is averaging 16 points/game as a dual threat from the post and beyond the 3-point arc.
Last Time vs. Fresno State at Taco Bell Arena...
Boise State 79, Fresno State 65
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Kurt Cunningham scored 15 points and Mark Sanchez had 13 points and eight rebounds Thursday night to lead Boise State to a 79-65 win over Fresno State ... Ike Okoye scored 11 points and Jamar Greene added 10 to aid the Broncos ... Fresno State’s Dwight O’Neil led all scorers with 19 points. Paul George added 15 for the Bulldogs ... With the victory, Boise State inched closer to securing its second 20-victory season in a row. The last time Boise State had back-to-back 20-win seasons came during the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons ... Leading 38-34 at halftime, Boise State used fast breaks and sharp shooting to run away in the second half. The Broncos scored 22 of their points on fast breaks and converted 57 percent of their field goal attempts in the final 20 minutes. Their largest lead was 14 points, 77-63, with just over two minutes remaining in the game ... Overall, Boise State made 55 percent of its shots; Fresno State connected on 31 percent.
All-Time Series Notes Against Fresno State...
The All-Time Series: The series between the two schools has always been a close fight with each game coming down to the final minutes of play, which also rings true for the all-time series as Fresno State leads 14-12 ... Since joining the WAC, Boise State is 5-3 against the Bulldogs in games played in Boise, and have won the last five at Taco Bell Arena.
Coach Graham vs. Fresno State: Since taking over the helm of the program, Coach Graham owns a record of 10-8 all-time against the Bulldogs ... The Broncos fell to Fresno State in the conference opener, 68-71, in the final minute of play ... However the Broncos are looking to redeem themselves much like they did last season, as Boise State split the series with Fresno State after falling to the Dogs on their homecourt before returning to the safe confines of Taco Bell Arena where the Broncos took out the Bulldogs, 79-75.
Boise State vs. The Western Athletic Conference: Boise State owns an all-time record of 132-142 vs. opponents from the WAC ... Boise State head coach Greg Graham is 64-54 overall against the conference since taking over the helm of the men’s basketball program.
Last Time vs. Fresno State: Paul George scored 21 points, capped by two three-point plays in the final minute, to lead Fresno State past Boise State 71-68 in both teams’ Western Athletic Conference opener ... Mike Ladd added 18 points for Fresno State, and Sylvester Seay had 14 ... The Bulldogs trailed for most of the game until George got a layup to roll in while drawing a foul on Boise State’s Robert Arnold with 48.5 seconds remaining. The resulting free throw gave Fresno State a 68-66 lead ... After La'Shard Anderson’s baseline jumper tied the game with 22.6 seconds to go, George again drove for a layup with 15.8 seconds left while drawing another foul on Arnold ... Anderson’s off-balance three-pointer hit the rim and bounced away as time expired ... Daequon Montreal led Boise State with 24 points off the bench.
Looking For The Game? Try Catching The Broncos On ...
Radio: KIDO (580 AM) in Boise will broadcast the game live with Bob Behler, providing the play-by-play, while former Boise State basketball great, Abe Jackson, provides 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, 92.1 FM), and McCall (KDZY 98.3 FM). KIDO, which is in its second year as the home of the Broncos, will broadcast every Boise State game. In addition, for all fans attending home games at Taco Bell Arena, KIDO is rebroadcast on 93.7 FM inside the arena.
Television: The Broncos game on Saturday against the Bulldogs will not be available on television. However, you can catch the game on KIDO radio with Bob Behler and Abe Jackson.
Broncos on ESPN360: The Broncos game on Saturday against the Bulldogs will not be available on television. However, you can catch the game ESPN360.com. ESPN360.com is available free of charge to all students who get their high-speed Internet access through the on-campus network, to anyone getting their high-speed Internet through one of ESPN’s affiliated ISPs, and to U.S.-based military personnel who access the Internet via on-base servers. Here is a direct link to the live stream of the game: http://sports.espn.go.com/broadband/espn360/index?id=300300068.
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.
Broncos Earn First Conference Win at Idaho: Boise State earned its first conference win of the season beating out in-state rivals, Idaho, 77-67 in overtime ... The win marks the first win for the Broncos since Dec. 29 with a 76-58 win against Northwest Nazarene … The win over Idaho not only delivered the Vandals their sixth consecutive conference loss, but ended the Broncos two game skid to the their in-state rival.
Boise State Wins Big on the Road: For the first time since Dec. 9, 2009, the Broncos earned their first road win of the season … Ironically, the last time Boise State won a game on the road was to its other in-state rival, Idaho State, when the Broncos beat the Bengals, 79-67.
Perfect Against the Gem State: While Boise State may have struggled this season, they own a perfect 3-0 record against its opponents from the Gem State as the Broncos have posted wins over Idaho State (Dec. 9, 79-67), Northwest Nazarene (Dec. 29, 76-58) and Idaho (Jan. 25, 77-67 OT).