Bronco Men Close Road Trip at Louisiana Tech
The Boise State men’s basketball team completes its three-game road trip, traveling to face Louisiana Tech, Saturday (Jan. 29).
The Broncos (12-8, 5-3 WAC) and Bulldogs (10-12, 1-7 WAC) are slated to tip-off at 6:05 p.m. (MT), at Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, La.
At 5-3, the Broncos are amongst four teams tied for second place in the Western Athletic Conference. After starting out 4-0 in league play, Boise State has dropped three of its last four games.
Louisiana Tech is 1-7 in the WAC, though the team notched its first conference win over Idaho, Thursday (71-56).
The Broncos won this year’s previous meeting 71-60 in each team’s Western Athletic Conference opener (Dec. 29). Though the Broncos have won each of the last two meetings against the Bulldogs - and five of the last seven - Boise State still trails 9-11 in a series that dates back to when Boise State joined the WAC prior to the 2001-02 season. The Broncos are 3-6 in Ruston, La.
LAST TIME OUT
La’Shard Anderson scored with 27 seconds remaining in regulation, sending the Broncos into overtime against New Mexico State, but the Aggies were victorious 96-87 in the extra session at Pan American Center, Thursday. Anderson scored a team-high 21 points, Tre Nichols added a career-high 18 and Daequon Montreal chipped in 15.
Senior guard La’Shard Anderson entered this week ranked eighth in the country in steals (2.8 per game), 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.
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