The Boise State men’s basketball team will take to the road for the second time this season as the Broncos travel to Laramie, Wyo., to take on the Cowboys on their homecourt, Sat., Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. (MT).
It will not be a quick trip for the Broncos as they make the trek to Wyoming, only to turn around to travel straight to Spokane, Wash., where they will prepare to take on Eastern Washington University, Tues., Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. Boise State opens the season with its first five games on the road, only to return for a single home game on Sat., Nov. 28 vs. North Texas, before hitting the road yet again to take on Illinois (Dec. 5) and Idaho State (Dec. 9).
The Bronocs opened the 2009-10 season with a bang as they went 2-1 at the Karl Tyler Classic Montana Basketball Tournament, Nov. 13-15, in Missoula, Mont., with their only loss coming to host school Montana. Overall, Boise State finished second in the tournament, finishing ahead of Loyola Marymount and North Dakota respectively.
All-Time Series Notes Against the Cowboys...
The All-Time Series: The Cowboys lead the all-time series edging out the Broncos 5-7. However, with last season’s 86-85 win at Taco Bell Arena, Boise State currently holds a one-game winning streak over Wyoming and is looking to continue the streak and close the series game between the two schools.
Coach Graham vs. Wyoming: Last season coach Graham led the Broncos to their first win over the Cowboys since he took over the program back in the 2002-03 season. Since taking the reigns, Graham is 1-2 against Wyoming and has yet to win a game in Laramie. However, Graham owns a perfect record of 1-0 against the Pokes’ head coach Heath Schroyer.
Last Time Against Wyoming…
Boise State 86, Wyoming 85
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -Mark Sanchez’s layup in the final second gave Boise State a 86-85 victory over Wyoming Wednesday night ... The victory kept the Broncos (5-1) undefeated in five home games, while Wyoming (5-1) dropped its first road game of the season. This marks the first time since the 2002-03 season that the Broncos have opened a season at 5-1, when Boise State finished its season 23-10 overall, 12-6 in conference play ... Sanchez’s winning basket came off an inbounds pass from Anthony Thomas with nine tenths of a second left. He finished with 24 points and nine rebounds ... Ike Okoye, a transfer from Wyoming, added 21 points and 12 rebounds, both career highs, for Boise State. Thomas and Paul Noonan each finished with 15 points for the Broncos ... Sean Ogirri paced the Cowboys with 22 points while Afam Muojeke and Tyson Johnson each scored 17 points. Brandon Johnson added 14 points and, Adam Waddell had nine points and 10 rebounds.
Starting Strong: For the third consecutive season, the Broncos opened the regular season with a win, beating out the Lions 90-87. In each of the last two seasons in which Boise State posted a ‘W’ in its opener, it has gone on to make an appearance in postseason play. The Broncos are 6-2 in season openers under head coach Greg Graham.
Season Opening Wins = Nonconference Success: The last two seasons Boise State opened the season with a win, the Broncos posted a nonconference record of 10-6 (2008-09) and 13-5 (2007-08). However, when Boise State has opened the season with a loss, they have posted a nonconference record of 9-6 (2006-07).
Double the Fun: Boise State had four players in double-digits against Loyola Marymount with La'Shard Anderson (26), Kurt Cunningham (16), Paul Noonan (16) and Ike Okoye (10) … Three Broncos scored in double-digits at Montana led by Okoye with 20, followed by Anderson with 16 and Cunningham with 13 … Two Broncos scored in double-digits vs. North Dakota as Noonan tallied 23 points and forward Daequon Montreal registered a career-high 11 points.
Streaking at 20: Forward Paul Noonan’s 23 points against North Dakota marked the third consecutive game this season in which a Bronco player has scored 20 or more points (26 for La'Shard Anderson vs. Loyola Marymount; 20 for Ike Okoye vs. Montana) … It also marked the fifth consecutive game in which a Bronco has recorded 20+ points dating back to last season as Mark Sanchez tallied 25 against New Mexico State (March 12, 2009 – WAC Tournament) and Kurt Cunningham registered 25 at Stanford (March 18, 2009 – CBI Tournament).