Broncos Win Final Exhibition Game 83-72

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BOISE, Idaho — Boise State men’s basketball overcame a strong Adams State team to pick up its second exhibition win, 83-72 Tuesday, at Taco Bell Arena. Each team scored in spurts during the first half before the Broncos took control of the game in the second half.

Boise State used a furious rally to take the lead just before halftime, outscoring the Grizzlies 16-4 during the final 5:22 of the half. Seniors La’Shard Anderson and Reggie Arnold carried the Broncos, combining for 16 points, four steals, an assist and a block during the game-changing stretch that gave the Boise State a 44-42 lead at intermission.

“It was really big because we got more momentum going,” Anderson said. “Our momentum helped carry our defense, and helped us play harder.”

Despite the Broncos playing harder in the second half, Adams State did not go away. The Grizzlies regained the lead at 46-45, and cut it to one point twice more.

“If you can work through that, you learn a lot,” said head coach Leon Rice. “You learn what gets you there and what puts you in the hole. There’s a lot of things to take from this and learn from it. Those games do help you a lot. That’s why it’s always hard to play good teams in exhibitions, but it does benefit you.”

Once Adams State trimmed the Broncos’ advantage to 52-51, Boise State used a 17-2 run to build a 16-point lead—its biggest of the game—at 69-53. Once the Broncos pushed the lead to double digits, they never led by less than 10 as they cruised to the final 11-point margin.

The Grizzlies raced out to a 15-5 lead less than six minutes into the game before the Broncos clamped down on defense and answered with an 11-0 run to take their first lead of the game. The run was fueled by redshirt junior Westly Perryman who scored seven points in less than a minute. Perryman finished with 11 as he was one of five Broncos to score in double figures.

Anderson led the way with 24 points for the Broncos, while fellow senior Daequon Montreal grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, adding 11 points for a double-double. Arnold also finished with double-figures in points and rebounds, scoring 21 and hauling in 10 boards.

Adams State was led by Shayar Lee with 20 points and seven rebounds.

“That was good for us because we didn’t get down on ourselves and just played through it,” Anderson said. “We knew that they were going to come out and play scrappy. We were prepared for that. It’s just going to help us down the stretch for the next team, we’re just going to pull through.”

Boise State opens its regular season Saturday, Nov. 13, against Western State. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena.