Broncos Roll to Exhibition Win

BOISE, Idaho-Freshman Anthony Drmic scored a game-high 16 points to lead Boise State men's basketball to a 93-47 win against UC-Colorado Springs in an exhibition game Tuesday, at Taco Bell Arena.

Drmic also pulled down seven rebounds, swiped three steals and blocked a shot to anchor the Broncos on both ends of the floor. Junior college transfer Kenny Buckner led Boise State with eight rebounds.

Boise State pulled down three offensive rebounds on its first possession, setting the tone for the night. The Broncos dominated the glass, outrebounding Colorado Springs 46-22. Boise State finished with 21 offensive rebounds and scored 21 second-chance points.

"We accomplished what we needed to accomplish," said head coach Leon Rice of the exhibition. "We played outside competition. We got everybody some minutes and we tried some different combinations."

Many of the combinations on the floor were new to the 1,599 fans who came out to see a Bronco squad with 11 players who have never suited up for the Blue and Orange. Led by Drmic-the only new face to start-the newcomers provided more than half of the Broncos' points, with 48 between them. Derrick Marks also impressed in his debut, scoring 15 points off the bench. Sophomore Ryan Watkins also scored 15 to lead the returners.

The Broncos shook off a slow start by turning up the defensive pressure. Five minutes into the game Colorado Springs tied the game at six and Rice called timeout. During the next 6:32, the Broncos put together a 20-0 run, forcing eight Mountain Lion turnovers in the span.

The Broncos didn't pull away until a steal and dunk from Westly Perryman at the midway point of the first half ignited the offense. Boise State scored 12 points in a three-minute stretch to claim a 22-point lead, 31-9.

The teams traded baskets until Boise State closed the half with a 7-0 run in the final 1:37, including a three-point play from Drmic to cap the scoring and give the Broncos a 49-21 lead at intermission.

All 11 Broncos who took the floor were in the scoring column by halftime. Five different players finished the game in double figures.

"With this team," Rice said, "it's got to be balanced. The good thing is we can get scoring from a lot of different guys."

The scoring was more concentrated in the second half as Marks began to take over. The Joliet, Ill., native poured in 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting after halftime. Marks also grabbed four of his five rebounds during 12 second-half minutes. Thomas Bropleh scored nine of his 10 points after the break.

Boise State continued to stretch its lead in the second half until senior Tre Nichols provided the exclamation point. Nichols threw down a dunk and buried a three-pointer in the closing minute before the Broncos ran out the clock for a 93-47 victory.

Boise State forced 28 turnovers for the game, including 18 steals. The Broncos limited Colorado Springs to 18 field goal attempts in the first half, while forcing 16 turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

Darius Pardner and Jordan Carter each came off the bench to lead the Mountain Lions with eight points.

The Broncos will open their regular season Friday, against Colorado Christian at Taco Bell Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., and will be part of a doubleheader with the women's team, which hosts Southern Oregon at 5:30 p.m.

--BroncoSports.com--


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