Broncos Welcome Montana State to Taco Bell Arena
BRONCOS WELCOME MONTANA STATE TO TACO BELL ARENA: With just a days rest between games, the Boise State (2-1) men’s basketball team welcomes Montana State to Boise as the Broncos take on the Bobcats (1-1), Monday, Nov. 24, at 7:05 p.m.
ABOUT MONTANA STATE: The Bobcats are 1-1 on the year, having dropped their season opener, 63-72, to Western Athletic Conference foe Nevada ... Despite not having started a game yet this season, Bobby Howard leads Montana State in scoring at 21.5 points per game and averages 9.0 rebounds per game ... Look for Divaldo MBunga to make an impact on the court for the Bobcats as he sits just shy of averaging a double-double with 14.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg ... As a team, Montana State is shooting .403 from the field, including .357 from beyond the arc, and is outrebounding its opponents, 43.5 to 40.0.
RADIO: KIDO (580 and 630 AM) in Boise, will broadcast the game live with Bob Behler 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.
TELEVISION: There is no TV for the Montana State game. Fans can log on to broncosports.com and watch all home games. By becoming a Bronco Vision premium subscription member, Boise State fans will receive access to live games, past games, seasonal highlights, special features and interviews that can only be seen by paying the membership price of $9.95 per month or $69.95 per year. Bronco Vision members will need a high speed internet connection.
SANCHEZ LEADS BRONCOS AND CONFERENCE IN SCORING: The senior has proven to be the key to the Broncos success this season as he leads the team in scoring (20.0 ppg) and rebounds (9.3 rpg) ... He has been the leading scorer in each of Boise State’s three games this season, recording his first career double-double against Idaho State with a career-best 25 points and 14 rebounds against the Bengals ... Sanchez currently leads the WAC in scoring, averaging 1.7 points per game more than his nearest competitor.
OVERTIME SUCCESS: Overtime appears to be no problem for the Broncos as they have posted a record of 10-2 under Greg Graham in overtime games ... Boise State recorded its 10th overtime victory, Sat., Nov. 22, against Idaho State as the Broncos beat the Bengals 92-84 ... The last time the Broncos lost in overtime was Dec. 19, 2006, when Boise State fell to Loyola Marymount, 84-82, in double-overtime.
BANKING ON CHARITY: Perhaps the Broncos most noticeable improvement during the off season is at the free throw line ... Boise State is currently leading the WAC in free throw percentage as the Broncos have made 60-of-78 at the line to shoot an impressive .769 percent ... Last season, Boise State made .661 percent of its shots from the line (508-of-768).
HEAD COACH GREG GRAHAM MAKES HISTORY AT BOISE STATE: With the Broncos 92-84 double-overtime win over in-state rival Idaho State, Greg Graham recorded his 110th victory at Boise State, passing Rod Jensen for the coach with the second most wins of all-time at Boise State ... Bobby Dye is the school’s all-time leader with 213 victories ... Graham’s teams at Boise State have won 20 or more games in a season twice, with a school-record 25 last season and 23 in 2003-04 ... Graham was named the NABC District 13 and Don Haskins WAC Coach of the Year in after the 2007-08 season.
SANCHEZ SINKS SHOTS: In the season opening game against Pacific University, senior forward Mark Sanchez went 9-for-9 against the Boxers, leading the Broncos to a 100-68 victory ... Tallied a career-high 21 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and a steal ... Also went 3-for-4 from the charity stripe.
BOISE BENCH SCORES BIG: In the Broncos season opener against Pacific, 40 of Boise State’s points came from off the bench in its 100-68 victory over the Boxers ... In its last three games; Boise State is averaging 25.3 points from off the bench.
CENTURY CLUB: For the first time since the 1977-78 season, Boise State scored 100 points in its season opener as the Broncos beat Pacific 100-68 ... The last time the Broncos tallied 100+ points in an opener was in 1977, as Boise State beat the College of Great Falls, 102-81.
DOUBLE FIGURE SCORING: The Broncos have had three or more players score in double figures in both their season opener and their two exhibition games ... Mark Sanchez (26), Paul Noonan (13), Kurt Cunningham (10), and Ike Okoye (10) posted double-digits in Boise State’s 87-42 exhibition win over Guelph ... La'Shard Anderson (19), Paul Noonan (16) and Anthony Thomas (12) led the way for the Broncos in their 94-77 exhibition win against Concordia ... Mark Sanchez (21), Aaron Garner (15), Kurt Cunningham (13), La'Shard Anderson (13) and Ike Okoye (12) scored in double figures as the Broncos coasted to a 100-68 victory over Pacific.
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 assists: Anthony Thomas, who is the Broncos’ lone returning starter, finished last season with 141 assists, the third most in Boise State history ... He posted a career-high 11 assists in the season opener against Pacific, Nov. 14 ... The junior preseason all-conference guard needs just 36 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 FOUR TO THE BRONCO FAMILY: The Broncos add one Division 1 transfer (Ike Okoye), three junior college transfers (La'Shard Anderson, 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).
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