The Broncos defeated the Spartans 74-68 on Thursday night, keeping coach Greg Graham’s team atop the WAC standings heading into a Saturday night game at Hawaii.
The Broncos (21-7 overall, 11-3 WAC) never have won at Hawaii and remained perfect against SJSU in the Graham era.
Against the Spartans (12-15, 4-9), the Broncos got the balanced scoring that has been critical to their success this season.
Tyler Tiedeman scored 16points to lead five Broncos in double figures. Matt Nelson had 12 points and seven rebounds before leaving the game with an ankle injury.
His status for Saturday’s game is uncertain.
Anthony Thomas finished with 15 points, while Reggie Larry had 10 for BSU, which tied a school record set in 2003-04 with its 10th road win of the season.
The Broncos also got a much-needed lift from their bench with a strong game by freshman Paul Noonan, who scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half.
Noonan, who entered the game averaging just 4.8 points per game, helped BSU overcame an early 24-17 deficit and take a 40-36 lead at halftime.
The Spartans eventually caught the Broncos, taking the lead after Mac Peterson hit a pair of 3-point shots and Justin Graham converted a traditional three-point play to give SJSU a 59-53 lead.
But Tiedeman scored eight points in a row to give the Broncos the lead at 61-59 and they never trailed again.
Graham led San Jose State with 20 points. The Spartans had home wins over Nevada and Utah State this season.
Story courtesy Nick Jezierny Idaho Statesman