BOISE, Idaho – It was a night to remember for Eric Lane. The senior not only scored a season-high 22 points to lead Boise State to an 83-64 win over San Jose State at Taco Bell Arena on Thursday, but Lane became just the 18th player in school history to break the 1,000-point barrier.It didn’t take Lane long to spark the Broncos to an early lead or to score the 1,000th point. Lane nailed two 3-pointers in the first 1:02 of the game to push his career point total to 1,001 and give the Broncos an early 6-2 lead. He added 16 more points to run his career total to 1,017, passing Jason Ellis for 17th all time. He needs nine more to pass Booker Nabors for 16th in school history.
Lane wasn’t the only Bronco to reach a milestone. The win was the 100th of Greg Graham’s career with 82 of those coming at Boise State.
The Broncos (16-10, 8-5 WAC) moved into a third-place tie with Utah State in the WAC standings after the Aggies lost at New Mexico State. San Jose State (4-23, 3-11 WAC) sits alone in eighth place.
While lane sparked the Bronco offense, defense turned out to be the key in Boise State’s win. The Broncos held San Jose State to 37.1 percent shooting (15.0 percent from 3-point range), while the Broncos blocked a school record 12 shots. The old record of 11 was set against Wyoming on Dec. 12, 1992 and matched against Idaho State on Dec. 10, 1997.
Reggie Larry led the block party with five. Coby Karl added three, Eric Lane two and Matt Nelson and Tyler Tiedeman one each.Larry added 16 points, while Nelson had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Karl chipped in 12 points, five rebounds and six assists.
The Broncos out-rebounded San Jose State 48-40, while handing out 22 assists compared to San Jose State’s seven.The Broncos wrap up their home season against No. 10 Nevada on Saturday night. It will be the final home game for seniors Karl, Lane, Seth Robinson and Kenny Wilson.