Lots to Like in Doubleheader Split
Aug. 13, 2016

Box Score: Boise State 76 Brock 56 Get Acrobat Reader | Box Score: Ottawa 90 Boise State 88 Get Acrobat Reader

SAN JOAQUIN DE FLORES, Costa Ricaâ?" - Boise State men's basketball began the competition portion of Bronco Basketball in Costa Rica Presented by Taco Bell with a doubleheader split against a pair of Canadian college programs. The Broncos used a strong second half to defeat Brock University 76-56, before their comeback bid fell just short in a 90-88 setback against the University of Ottawa.

Zach Haney averaged a team-best 19.5 points per game in the two outings, including a day-high 25 points in the opener. Paris Austin also scored in double figures both games.

In the first game, the Broncos trailed Brock 33-27 at halftime but took command in the second half behind its senior leadership.

The Bronco coaching staff entered the trip with a plan to manage everyone's playing time across the four games in three days, while also accounting for offseason injuries, mixing lineups and allowing the newcomers to play extended minutes. Part of the plan included Nick Duncan and James Reid sitting the first half of the first game.

The duo made an immediate impact upon taking the floor after halftime. Boise State started the third quarter on a 19-3 and ended up outscoring the Badgers 26-5 in the period. The lead ballooned in the fourth quarter and eventually Boise State closed out a 20-point victory.

Haney controlled the paint all game, displaying an array of post moves and finishing with touch around the rim. The redshirt sophomore was 11-for-12 from two-point range in 22 minutes of action. Many of the Broncos adjusted to the physicality of the game in the second half, including Robin Jorch who finished as Boise State's second-leading scorer with 13 points.

Duncan, Haney and Reid continued their strong play in the second game. Reid led the way with 17 points, including five three-pointers. It was not enough to keep up with the 17 triples from Ottawa (17-for-30). Duncan scored 14 points to go with his 10 from the first game.

The Gee-Gees shot their way to a 52-43 lead at the half. Duncan's 11 first-half points kept the Broncos within striking distance. The third quarter featured Reid trading shots with Ottawa. The Broncos crept closer, but a buzzer beater from the Canadian side put Ottawa up 77-70 headed into the final quarter.

Despite playing into their fourth-consecutive hour of game action, Boise State never backed down or folded. Another spurt from the Gee-Gees left the Broncos down by eight with three minutes left, but the Blue and Orange whittled it back down to four with just over a minute to go.

Boise State forced enough turnovers in the final minute to keep hope alive, but could not get the elusive final field goal to go down. Austin sank two free throws with 12 seconds left to get within two and the Broncos had one more look at a game-tying shot but it was not to be.

Boise State will return to play Saturday, against the Costa Rica National Team. The game is set to tip off at 5 p.m. MT. The fourth and final game will be played Sunday morning, bringing a rematch with Ottawa.

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