Broncos Defeat Northern Illinois 71-57

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Anthony Drmic scored 18 points and Jeff Elorriaga added 14 to help Boise State to a 71-57 victory over Northern Illinois at Taco Bell Arena Saturday night.

Drmic had 15 second-half points and Elorriaga hit four of Boise State's eight second-half 3-pointers as the Broncos (4-1) rebounded from a sluggish start to send the Huskies (0-5) to their seventh straight defeat, dating back to last season.

Abdel Nader scored a team-high 16 points for Northern Illinois.

Elorriaga hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Broncos a 37-20 advantage with just under 16 minutes to play. He again hit back-to-back shots from behind the arc to make it 46-25 with 13:20 remaining, finishing with a career-high-tying four.

The Huskies trailed just 19-17 with two minutes left in the first half before Boise State scored the final eight points of the stanza as part of a 12-0 run.

Boise State started 0-for-8 from the 3-point line, but finished the game hitting their last 11-of-19.

Sophomore Thomas Bropleh chipped in 10 points - his second double-digit outing of the season - and Drmic added a career-high five steals.

Junion center Kenny Buckner received his first-career start, and finished with eight points and a team-high six rebounds.


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