Bronco Men Open Season Against Western State
The Boise State University men’s basketball team opens its 2010-11 regular season at home against Western State, Saturday (Nov. 13). Tip-off between the Broncos and Mountaineers is scheduled for 5:05 p.m., at Taco Bell Arena.

Saturday’s game will be the first meeting between the Broncos and Mountaineers, the first of four Boise State games in 2010-11 against first-time opponents. The Broncos will also face Drake, Northern Illinois and Texas Pan-American this season for the first time in school history.

Boise State is 3-1 against the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, with wins over Mesa State (1985-86), Metropolitan State (1985-86) and Colorado-Colorado Springs (1995-96), and a loss to Adams State (1993-94).

Boise State has lost just one season opener in the last seven seasons, dropping a game to Wyoming (94-79) to start to 2006-07 season (Nov. 11). The Broncos have won three-in-a-row since the loss.

Boise State has won eight-straight home openers since falling to Portland State (60-53), Nov. 17, 2001.

Leon Rice will be making his regular-season debut as head coach of the Broncos after being named the seventh coach in school history, March 26, 2010. Rice joins the Broncos after spending the last 11 seasons on the coaching staff at Gonzaga. He had served as the associate head coach with the Bulldogs since 2007.

Bob Behler is in his third season as the “Voice of the Broncos,” and his 25th calling college basketball games. Joining Behler, and also in his third season, is former Bronco Abe Jackson, who played for Boise State from 1998-2002.

All Bronco games will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with KBOI 670 AM serving as the flagship station. Games can also be heard live at

The Broncos ranked third in the Western Athletic Conference in scoring last season at 74.1 points per game, and 62 percent of the team’s scoring returns for 2010-11. Boise State averaged 80 points in its two exhibition games.

Boise State assistant coach Jeff Linder played at Western State from 1997-2000 under former Mountaineers head coach Bob Hofman. Linder led the team in both assists (134; 5.0 per game) and steals (56; 2.1 per game) as a senior in 1999-2000, garnering honorable mention All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West Division honors. He earned All-RMAC honors, both on the court and in the classroom, three times. Linder also made 15 free throws in a game against Fort Lewis during his senior season, a mark that ranked tied for third all-time in a single game at Western State.

The Broncos defeated Montana Tech 77-58 in the team’s first exhibition game, Oct. 29. Senior forward Daequon Montreal scored a game-high 17 points, and senior forward Robert Arnold (15) and freshman guard Jeff Elorriaga (14) were also in double figures.

Boise State also defeated Adams State 83-72, Nov. 9. Senior guard La’Shard Anderson (24) and Arnold (21) led the Broncos in scoring, and Montreal recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Redshirt junior guard Westly Perryman added 11 points and six steals, giving him 13 thefts in his two exhibition games.

Boise State men’s basketball head coach Leon Rice announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, Nov. 11. Four student-athletes from all over the country, and one from Australia, are slated to join the Broncos for the 2011-12 season, including: Anthony Drmic (6-6, 200, G/F, Endeavour Hills, Victoria, Australia); Darrious Hamilton (6-9, 239, F, San Antonio, Texas); Joe Hanstad (6-4, 190, G, Dickinson, N.D.); Derrick Marks (6-3, 190, G, Joliet, Ill.); and Mikey Thompson (6-3, 175, G, Las Vegas, Nev.).

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