Broncos Travel to La Tech for Final Road Trip of Regular Season
BRONCOS TRAVEL TO LA TECH FOR FINAL ROAD TRIP OF REGULAR SEASON: After a tough stretch of games, the Boise State men’s basketball team takes to the road in its final road trip of the regular season as the Broncos make the long trek to Ruston, La., to take on Louisiana Tech at the Thomas Assembly Center, Saturday, Feb. 28, at 8:05 p.m. (MT).
ABOUT THE LA TECH BULLDOGS (12-16, 4-9 WAC): The Bulldogs have had an amazing season as they have posted eight Division I win over nonconference opponents for the first time since the 1991-92 season, when La Tech earned their first ever NCAA Tournament berth ... This season, Tech has made a significant jump in the Pomeroy Basketball ratings since last season’s finish at 315 out of 342 ranked teams to currently rank 157, a jump of 158 spots ... Leading the way for the Bulldogs is Kyle Gibson as he leads the team with 15.0 points per game, while averaging 3.7 rebounds per game ... Entering Thursday night’s game against New Mexico State, Gibson is also just five points shy of becoming the 33rd player in Louisiana Tech history to join the 1,000 Point Club and can do so as a junior just like Karl Malone, Mike Green and Paul Millsap among others ... On the defensive side of the ball, look for Magnum Rolle to be a strong presence as he leads La Tech in rebounding with 7.1 rebounds per game and leads the team in blocks with 46 to rank third in the WAC averaging 1.84 blocks per game.
LAST TIME AGAINST LA TECH (January 24, 2009): Ike Okoye led Boise State with 16 points as the Broncos defeated Louisiana Tech 58-53 on Saturday in a Western Athletic Conference game ... Okoye's layup with 1:42 gave Boise State its first lead since it owned a 27-26 advantage with 1:10 gone in the second half ... Anthony Thomas scored 12 points and had 10 assists and, Paul Noonan and Kurt Cunningham each scored eight points for the Broncos ... Magnum Rolle led Louisiana Tech with 23 points and 10 rebounds. The Bulldogs lost for the fifth time in six games ... Boise State won its second straight game to improve to 11-1 at home this season and 4-0 in conference games at Taco Bell Arena.
THE BRONCOS AGAINST THE BULLDOGS: While Louisiana Tech leads the series 9-7, Boise State is currently on a three-game winning streak as the Broncos swept the Bulldogs last season for the first time ... Boise State’s three-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 also three games ... In the school’s last meeting against La Tech, Coach Greg Graham evened out the series record as he owns a record of 7-7 against the Bulldogs ... When playing in Ruston, the Broncos are 2-5 since joining the WAC during the 2001-02 season ... Boise State’s only two wins at La Tech came during 2003-04 (72-64) and 2007-08 (73-61).
THIRD TIMES A CHARM: For the third time this season, Boise State has posted back-to-back losses, but the Broncos have always bounced back to win the next game as they have not gone on a three-game skid since the end of the 2006-07 season ... The three-game skid at the end of the 2006-07 season marks the longest losing streak posted by a Boise State team since a five game losing streak during 2004-05.
LEADING THE WAY: Senior Mark Sanchez has led the Broncos in scoring 11 times time season, including the last three consecutive games ... When Sanchez leads the way in points column, Boise State is 6-5 in those games ... The only other senior to lead the Broncos in scoring is Aaron Garner, who tallied a career and team-high 19 points in Boise State’s 56-94 point loss at BYU ... Posting a perfect record when leading the Broncos in scoring is both junior Anthony Thomas and sophomore Paul Noonan ... When Thomas leads the team in scoring, the Broncos are 4-0, while Boise State is 3-0 when Noonan dominates the points category.
DOUBLE THE FUN: Junior Anthony Thomas recorded his first career double-double as he tallied 12 points and dished out 10 assists against La Tech... On the night, the guard went 4-for-6 from the field, including 2-for-4 from beyond the arc ... On the season, Thomas dominates the Boise State roster with 126 assists, sitting at ninth on the single season assists list and is just one shy of breaking taking over the No. 8 spot ... This marks the second consecutive season in which Thomas has made his way into the school record books for single season assists ... He currently owns the No. 2 spot on the single season assists list with 141 which he set last season.
BLOCK PARTY: Junior Ike Okoye moved his way into the Boise State record books as he tallied a block at Portland, pushing his season block total to 51 ... He currently sits in third, but is just two shy of second, which is currently held by Dave Richardson with 53 during the 1978-79 season ... The single season record is currently held by Coker with 77 blocks during the 1993-94 season ... Okoye currently ranks second in the conference in blocked shots, averaging 1.96 blocks per game.
LEADING THE WAC: Junior Kurt Cunningham currently leads the WAC in field goal percentage (.671) ... Sophomore Paul Noonan currently sits in second in the league in free throw percentage (.848) ... Junior Ike Okoye currently ranks second in the conference in blocked shots, averaging 1.96 blocks per game ... Junior Anthony Thomas is third in the WAC in assists (4.85 apg) ... As a team, the Broncos lead the WAC in assists (16.08 apg) ... In addition, Boise State ranks second in scoring offense (72.2), defensive rebounds (24.54), field goal percentage (.473) and assist/turnover ratio (1.11).
DOUBLE HEADER SUCCESS: Boise State’s game at La Tech marks the fifth double-header game the Broncos have played in this season ... The Broncos have played in four double-headers (including an exhibition game) with the women’s team at home this season and have posted a perfect record of 4-0 in those games ... The final double-header of the season is scheduled for Saturday, March 7 against Nevada.
RADIO: KIDO (580 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: Saturday’s game at Louisiana Tech will not be televised, however you can follow it on GameTracker by going to La Tech’s website, or listen to Bob Behler and Abe Jackson on KIDO (580 AM).
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