Newcomers Lead Way in Win
Aug. 13, 2016

Box Score: Boise State 74 Costa Rica 74 Get Acrobat Reader

HEREDIA, Costa Rica - Boise State men's basketball traveled to the colorful confines of Palacio de los Deportes for its meeting with the Costa Rica National Team Saturday, in the third game of Bronco Basketball in Costa Rica Presented by Taco Bell. After the slippery conditions of the blue and orange plastic floor delayed the start of the game the Broncos stumbled out of the gate, but once they found their footing they skated to a 74-54 victory.

Freshman Justinian Jessup led the offensive attack. Jessup buried four three-pointers in the second half on his way to a team-high 14 points. Fellow freshman Alex Hobbs poured in 10 of his 12 points in the second half.

A big second quarter put Boise State on top to stay. The Broncos led 17-16 after the first quarter, but locked down defensively in the second stanza and took a 38-25 advantage into the break.

Nick Duncan (13 points) and Zach Haney (seven points) combined for more than half of the scoring output in the first 20 minutes before resting in the second half. Duncan knocked down three triples and Haney again proved to be too much inside despite playing limited minutes.

In addition to Duncan and Haney, Chandler Hutchison's night was through after the first half while James Reid rested the entire game as he continues to work back from offseason knee surgery. The limited veteran presence allowed Boise State's youngest group to play extended minutes.

The young guys took a punch at the start of the second half, allowing the first four points including an open-court steal and layup. They responded with the knockout blow. Hobbs and Jessup scored the next nine points and the Broncos rattled off a 20-6 run. Boise State ultimately took a 58-38 lead into the final quarter before coasting to the 20-point win.

Sophomore Cameron Oluyitan hauled in a team-best six rebounds. Redshirt freshman Malek Harwell led the way with three assists.

The final game of the tour is slated for Sunday at noon. It will be a rematch against Ottawa. The Gee-Gees defeated Norfolk State Saturday, prior to the Broncos' taking the floor. In the words of Leon Rice's timely analogy, "Friday's doubleheader was pool play. Today started the medal round and we advanced to the gold medal game where we get to play the one team that beat us."

Following the game, the team will leave San Jose and travel to the coastal town of Playa Herradura for the final two nights of the trip.

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