Rice, Broncos Victorious in Season Opener

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - La'Shard Anderson scored 20 points and had a team-high six assists to lead Boise State past Western State Colorado 78-52 Saturday in the season opener for both schools.

For Anderson, the 20-point outing was just the second of his career. Robert Arnold also contributed 16 points to help lead the Broncos, who dominated all facets of the game in giving head coach Leon Rice his first victory at Boise State. Rice is the first Bronco head coach to win his debut since Bobby Dye in 1983.

Weylan Towns led Western State with 18 points, while Martin Graham added 15.

Western State hit its first four shots to build an 11-8 lead five minutes into the game, but Boise State responded by pushing the tempo and holding the Mountaineers scoreless for more than six minutes. A 15-0 run during Western State's drought allowed the Broncos to take a 46-24 lead into halftime.

In the second half, Western State started with a 15-6 run to cut the deficit to 13 points, but Boise State scored the next 14 points and put the game out of reach.

Boise State held a 30-21 advantage on the glass and forced Western State into 21 turnovers.

Fourteen different players saw action for Boise State, six of which were making their Bronco debut. Boise State also had 11 different players score, a feat that was accomplished just once in all of last season.