Broncos Close Out Regular Season With Final Home Stand of the Season
BRONCOS CLOSE OUT SEASON WITH HOME STAND AGAINST FRESNO STATE AND NEVADA: The Boise State men’s basketball team returns home to close out the season as the Broncos look to protect their home court as they face off against Fresno State, Thursday, March 4 at 7:07 p.m., before closing out the regular season against Nevada, Saturday.
ABOUT THE FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS (12-18, 3-11 WAC): The Fresno State Bulldogs have posted a record of 3-11 in conference play, but are still looking for their first WAC road win of the season ... The ’Dogs split their home stand last week as they fell to Idaho, 68-71, only after recording a 68-66 win over the second-best team in the WAC, Nevada ... Fresno State’s win over the Wolf Pack earned junior Sylvester Seay WAC Player of the Week as he averaged 25.5 points and 9.5 rebounds ... Seay currently leads the Bulldogs offensively as he averages 15.8 points per game and ranks sixth in the WAC ... Not to be overshadowed is Paul George as he not only ranks ninth in the conference with 14.7 points per game, but leads Fresno State with 6.6 rebounds per game, which is good enough for seventh in the WAC ... Seay and George have combined for 82 blocks on the season, which is over half of Fresno State’s season block total of 143, as both of them rank among the WAC’s top 10 for blocked shots (Seay – 1.67, 4th; George – 1.07, 10th) ... As a team, Fresno State leads the conference in 3-pointers made (7.17 per game) and home attendance (8,969 per game), while sitting in second for blocked shots (4.77 per game) for the season.
LAST TIME AGAINST FRESNO STATE (Feb. 9, 2009): Paul George scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help Fresno State hold off Boise State 88-82 and snap a three-game Western Athletic Conference skid ... Sylvester Seay added 23 points for Fresno State, including an open three-pointer with 2 minutes, 50 seconds left and four consecutive free throws in the final 1:24 ... Kurt Cunningham scored 20 points for Boise State (16-7, 6-4), equaling a career high. Paul Noonan added 17 points for the Broncos, and La'Shard Anderson had 15 ... Boise State trailed by as many as 18 points in the second half before rallying to within 84-80 on Anderson's long jumper with 31 seconds remaining ... The Broncos immediately fouled George in the backcourt, but he calmly made two free throws with 29 seconds left ... After Boise State missed a three-pointer on the other end, Bryce Cartwright grabbed the rebound, got fouled and made two free throws with 19 seconds left to seal the victory ... Cartwright had 14 points and six assists for the Bulldogs. Fellow freshman Mychal Ladd also scored 14 ... Mark Sanchez had 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Broncos, who allowed Fresno State to shoot 51.9 percent from the field ... George finished 9-of-11 from the field, including 3-of-4 from three-point range, and made all eight of his free throws. The 6-foot-7 freshman also had four assists, three steals and two blocked shots in his best all-around performance of the season ... Seay's elbow three-pointer with 2 seconds remaining gave Fresno State a 45-29 halftime lead. It was Seay's only field goal of the first half ... George scored 19 first-half points, including a thunderous tomahawk dunk that put the Bulldogs in front 21-10 ... With Ladd and George combining for five steals, Fresno State enjoyed a 15-2 edge on fast break points in the first half.
THE BRONCOS AGAINST THE BULLDOGS: Historically, Fresno State leads the all-time series 13-9, with Boise State sweeping the Bulldogs last season ... The ‘Dogs not only snapped the Broncos two-game winning streak, but kept Boise State from posting its third consecutive win over Fresno State, which would have matched the Broncos longest winning streak over the Bulldogs ... Since joining the WAC, the series among the two teams is tied at 9-9 ... The last time Fresno State was able to post a win at Taco Bell Arena was during the 2003-04 season, when the Bulldogs beat the Broncos, 61-78 ... Boise State head coach Greg Graham is 9-8 against Fresno State since taking over the helm of the program.
WEEKNIGHT ECONOMY BUSTER: Fans wanting to attend Wednesday night’s men’s basketball in-state showdown between Boise State and Idaho, can take advantage of the $7 "Weeknight Economy Buster" ticket. The “Weeknight Economy Buster” ticket offer is good for tickets purchased at any Select-A-Seat outlet. Seating is in the Mezzanine and select sections of the Parquet. There are eight Albertson’s Select-A-Seat outlets (Boise -16th and State, Five Mile and Overland, Gary Lane and State; Eagle – Eagle and State and Eagle and McMillan; Cherry Lane in Meridian; 12th Avenue in Nampa and Cleveland Boulevard in Caldwell), in addition to the Boise State Student Union Building, the Morrison Center, the Athletic Ticket Office and Taco Bell Arena Box Office. Tickets can also be purchased through BroncoSports.com by clicking on the ticket link at the top of the website.
RADIO: KIDO (580 & 630 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: Thursday’s game against Fresno State will not be available on television.
BRONCOS ON THE INTERNET: Fans can log on to broncosports.com and watch all home games. By becoming a Bronco Vision premium subscription member, Boise State fans will receive access to live games, past games, seasonal highlights, special features and interviews that can only be seen by paying the membership price of $9.95 per month or $69.95 per year. Bronco Vision members will need a high speed internet connection. Live stats can be found at broncosports.com to follow the game on game tracker.
VICTORY GIVES BRONCOS THIRD PLACE PUSH: The win over the Aggies moved the Broncos into third place in the WAC, pushing their record to 18‐10 overall, and 8‐6 in conference play ... With two regular season games left, Boise State’s goal of posting its second consecutive 20‐win season is still within reach as the Broncos return home to host Fresno State (March 5) and Nevada (March 7).
100 POINTS OF SUCCESS: Boise State’s 104 points marked the most amount of points scored by the Broncos this season ... The last time Boise State scored 100+ points was during the season opener against Pacific when the Broncos won 100-68 ... The last time Boise State recorded more points in regulation was Nov. 21, 2007 against Montana Tech, when the Broncos won 107-53 ... The Broncos have not posted 100+ points in regulation against a Division I opponent was during the 1985-86 season when Boise State beat U.S. International, 106-82 ... The win at New Mexico State marked the first 100-point game in regulartion posted on the road since 1975... The Broncos own a record of 22-1 when scoring 100+ points.
BRONCOS BREAK STREAK: The Broncos ended a three‐game losing streak with their 104‐92 win over the Aggies ... The last time Boise State posted a three‐game losing streak was during the 2006‐07 season when the Broncos lost its final three WAC regular season games when they finished the year 17‐14 overall, 8‐8 in conference ... With a win on the road against New Mexico State, it marks the first win over the Aggies when playing at the Pan American Center during the regular season ... The win not only breaks a three‐game skid for the Broncos, but marks the first conference road win for Boise State since Feb. 7 when it beat San Jose State, 89‐83 ... This marked just the third conference win on the road this season, giving Boise State an away record of 6‐8 overall, and 3‐5 in WAC play.
BOISE STATE SWEEPS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE JOINING WAC: For the first time since joining the WAC, the Broncos swept the Aggies in regular season play ... The last time Boise State posted a season sweep over New Mexico State was during the 1998‐99 season when each team was still a member of the Big West conference, when the Broncos finished as the Big West Conference East Division Champions.
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