Boise State Men's Basketball Opens Regular Season Play Friday

Broncos Open 2008-09 Season Against Pacific:  The Boise State men’s basketball team will tip off the 2008-09 season as the Broncos take on Pacific University in the regular season opener, Friday, Nov. 14 at approximately 8:15 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena.


ABOUT THE PACIFIC UNIVERSITY BOXERS:  In Pacific University Head Coach Jason Lowery’s second year at the helm, the Boxers improved to 12 wins and a fourth place record in the Northwest Conference. Last year the team turned around a potentially dismal 2-7 non-conference record into a 9-7 conference mark and a piece of a four-way third place logjam.  The Boxers were one victory away from their first NWC Tournament berth since 2000. This year, Lowery believes that he has the pieces in place to make a serious run at the Boxers' first title since 1997. He returns a potent core of returners, including All-NWC posts Garold Howe (Sr., Salem, Ore.) and Ross Bartlett (Jr., St. Helens, Ore.), starting guard A.J. Gaulton (Jr., Pleasant Hill, Ore.) and a valuable sixth man in Todd Hinderman (Sr., Stanwood, Wash.).


Double the Fun:  The women’s basketball team will also be kicking off its season as they face Seattle University at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 14.  Arrive prior to the Women’s Basketball halftime and see both teams in action for only $5!


RADIO:  KIDO (580 and 630 AM) in Boise, will broadcast the game live with Mark Snider providing the play-by-play. Former Boise State basketball player Abe Jackson handles color commentary. The games can also be heard on the Boise State Broncos Radio Network in Twin Falls (KSNQ 98.3 FM), Pocatello (KWIK 1240AM), Idaho Falls (KID 590AM), Sun Valley (KYZK 107.5FM), and McCall (KDZY 98.3 FM). KIDO, which is in its first year as the home of the Broncos, will broadcast every Boise State game.


BRONCOS WARM UP BOISE:  Volunteers from Boise State will have boxes set up in the two main lobbies of Taco Bell Arena for blanket donations. Blankets can be dropped off at the designated areas up until half time of the men’s game. The blankets will be donated to local homeless shelters in the Treasure Valley Area.


THOMAS EARNS PRESEASON RECOGNITION: Boise State University junior guard Anthony Thomas was named a preseason second-team All-WAC selection by the league’s coaches.

Thomas was selected to the second team and becomes just the third Bronco player named to the preseason second team, joining the ranks of Matt Nelson (2007-08 season) and Coby Karl (2005-06) as previous second-team picks. As a sophomore, Thomas started in all 34 games and averaged 8.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. He led the Broncos with 49 steals and finished the season ranked fifth in the WAC with an assist/turnover ratio of 1.55.


Thomas leads broncos in assistsAnthony Thomas, who is the Broncos’ lone returning starter, finished last season with 141 assists, the third most in Boise State history ... The junior preseason all-conference guard needs just 55 assists to crack the Broncos’ career top 10 list.


NOONAN REIGNS FROM 3-POINT RANGE:  Paul Noonan is Boise State’s leading returning 3-point shooter making 44.4 percent of his threes as a freshman ... The new 3-point line has not slowed the sophomore down as he shot 50.0 percent from 3-point range during exhibition play, making 6-of-12 from beyond the arc.


BOISE STATE RETURNS SIX IMPACT PLAYERS:  The Broncos return six players (Anthony Thomas, Paul Noonan, Jamar Greene, Aaron Garner, Mark Sanchez and Kurt Cunningham) who have scored in double figures during their career ... During exhibition play, Sanchez scored a career-best 26 points against Guelph to lead the Broncos to an 87-42 victory over the Gryphons, Nov. 1.


BOISE STATE WELCOMES FIVE TO THE BRONCO FAMILY:  The Broncos add one Division 1 transfer (Ike Okoye), three junior college transfers (La'Shard Anderson, Robert Arnold, Sean Imadiyi) and a true freshman (Tyler Young) to their roster ... During the Broncos final exhibition game of the season, Anderson led the way with 19 points, as he was 3-of-5 from 3-point range and dished out a pair of assists in Boise State’s 94-77 win over Concordia, Nov. 11. On the defensive side of the ball, the sophomore pulled down three boards, nabbed three steals and had a block.


BRONCOS IN THE GREG GRAHAM ERA:  The Broncos have put up four of the top five scoring seasons in school history in the Greg Graham era including last year’s school record 2,767 points ... The Broncos have never lost to Idaho or San Jose State in the  Graham era.


BOISE STATE’S RECORD BREAKING SEASON:  Boise State won its first WAC championship in 2007-08, advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994 ... The Broncos are coming off a record breaking season that set a school record 25 wins, which included a school-best 12 road victories ... After beating New Mexico State in Las Cruces in the WAC Tournament last year, the Broncos have now beat three tournament hosts in the WAC Tournament since joining the league in 2001.  (Fresno State-2004, Nevada-2005, New Mexico State 2008).


HEAD COACH GREG GRAHAM MAKES HISTORY AT BOISE STATE:  Graham was named the NABC District 13 and Don Haskins WAC Coach of the Year in after the 2007-08 season ... Graham needs two wins to pass Rod Jensen for second all-time in wins at Boise State.  Graham has 108 career wins, while Bobby Dye is the school’s all-time leader with 213 victories ... Graham’s teams at Boise State have won 20 or more games twice, with a school-record 25 last season and 23 in 2003-04.

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