Broncos Open Season with a Win, Defeating Loyola Marymount 90-87

MISSOULA, Mont. – Friday the 13th was nothing scary for the Boise State men’s basketball team as it defeated Loyola Marymount 90-87, marking the third consecutive season the Broncos have won their season opener.

While the game was close throughout, the play of junior guard La'Shard Anderson clenched the win for the Broncos as he nailed nine consecutive free throws down the stretch en route to recording a career-high 26 points. Overall, Anderson was 13-14 from the line, and 6-10 from the floor.

Anderson was not the only Bronco to score in double-figures as he was joined by Kurt Cunningham and Paul Noonan with 16 points each, while Ike Okoye tallied 10 points of his own. Okoye also led Boise State with nine rebounds, just one shy of having a double-double (10 pts, 9 rebs).

Also making an impact defensively for the Broncos was newcomer Daequon Montreal with seven rebounds and a block, while senior Anthony Thomas had three steals.

As a team, Boise State made 50 percent of their shots from the floor and an incredible 83.3 percent from the line, as compared to 48.5 percent from the floor and 65.0 percent from the line by LMU.

Boise State will face host Montana tomorrow, Saturday, at 8 p.m.

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