Broncos Complete Road Sweep with Win over Wolf Pack
RENO, Nev. – The Boise State men’s basketball team won its fifth-consecutive game – and fourth-consecutive in the Western Athletic Conference – with a 72-66 victory over Nevada Saturday at the Lawlor Events Center.
Senior guard La’Shard Anderson scored a team-high 23 points on the heels of his career-high 33-point outing against Fresno State, Thursday. Daequon Montreal added 16 points – all in the second half – and Robert Arnold chipped in 12 and a team-high eight rebounds.
The Broncos (17-11, 9-6 WAC), who ended a five-game losing streak to the Wolf Pack (11-17, 7-7 WAC), completed their regular-season road schedule with a record of 9-7, including a 5-3 mark in conference play.
For the second-straight game, the Broncos started off slow from the floor. Boise State missed its first eight shots, but Nevada didn’t fare much better. The Wolf Pack made just one of its first six attempts, and neither team knocked down a field goal for more than four minutes.
The squads traded leads four times in the opening half, but neither team was able to build more than a four-point advantage.
Boise State – which finished the first stanza 10-of-26 (.385) from the floor – put together a 6-0 run while holding the Wolf Pack scoreless for nearly five minutes. Despite the dry spell, Nevada – which shot 9-of-24 (.375) in the first half - entered intermission with a one-point lead (23-22).
But for the seventh time this season, Boise State came back from a halftime deficit to win.
Montreal scored five-straight for the Broncos as Boise State put together a 10-2 run to start the second period. The Broncos extended their lead to 12 (49-37), but the Wolf Pack were able to get back to within four with 15 seconds remaining.
Jeff Elorriaga went 2-for-2 from the line to push it back to six (72-66) with 13 seconds remaining, providing the final margin.
Boise State went 15-of-24 (.625) from the floor in the second half, and finished shooting 50 percent on the game (25-for-50).
Anderson moved into fifth on the all-time single-season steals list with 70 in 2010-11, passing Chris Childs (68; 1986-87). Anderson also owns the second-best single-season mark with 83 in 2009-10.
The Broncos close the regular season at home next week, holding Senior Night against nonconference opponent Cal State Bakersfield, Wednesday (March 2). Boise State will then close out the regular season against San Jose State, Saturday (March 5).
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