MISSOULA, Mont. – Despite having three Broncos score in double-figures, the Boise State men’s basketball team fell to Montana, 82-95, Saturday night as the Grizzlies proved to be deadly from 3-point range.
Senior Ike Okoye led the way for the Broncos with a team-high 20 points and nine rebounds, while La'Shard Anderson had another great offensive night with 16 points and five assists.
Play was close throughout most of the first half of as senior Kurt Cunningham led the Boise State offense with 13 points in just 12 minutes of play as he found himself on the bench with two fouls early on. It wasn’t until the three minute mark that Montana went on a 15-6 run, entering the half with a 52-42 lead over the Broncos.
It was during the second half when Okoye’s play picked up for Boise State, as he helped the Broncos battle back from a 17-point deficit early in the half with a 21-4 run to tie the game up at 71 apiece. Okoye racked up 17 points and eight rebounds in the second half alone, while Anderson added 10 points to the second half total.
While the Broncos made 22-of-27 from the free throw line, making 81.5 percent from the stripe, it was the amazing 3-point shooting by Montana that had a major impact on the game. The Grizzlies shot an impressive 72.7 percent from beyond the arc, making 8-of-11 from 3-point range in the first half alone. Montana went on to finish the game making 60 percent of its shots from beyond the arc (12-20), and 54.2 percent overall from the floor (32-59), as compared to 46.0 percent overall shooting by the Broncos.
Montana's Anthony Johnson sank eight free throws in the final minutes and finished with a game-high 25 points, sinking 14-of-14 from the foul line, while teammate Raason Young added 22 points in the win.
Boise State will close out the Karl Tyler Tournament with its final game scheduled for a 1:05 p.m. (MT) tip against North Dakota.