Home Sweet Home: Broncos Take Home-Opener Over North Texas

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BOISE, Idaho – Four Broncos hit double digits as the Boise State men’s basketball team sent the crowd home happy with a 79-73 win in its home-opener. The Broncos (4-2) trailed by as much as five in the second half, but used a late surge to overtake the Mean Green (3-2). Robert Arnold and Kurt Cunningham each put up 17 points to lead the Broncos.

The Broncos took a narrow 38-37 lead in to the locker room at the half, but it was the Mean Green who took control of the game early in the second half. The Mean Green opened up the second half on an 8-2 run to take a 45-42 lead at the 16:22 mark. Richard Thomas scored five of his seven points in the stretch to give the Mean Green their first lead since early in the first half.

After a seesaw battle over the next five minutes, the Mean Green again pulled away and hit their biggest lead of the night when Josh White hit a jumper to give the Mean Green a 58-53 lead. The 5-foot-10 inch White led all scorers with 23 points, including 16 in the first half.

It was all Boise State after that as the Broncos responded with a 12-2 run to regain the lead, which they would not relinquish. Anthony Thomas and Arnold capped the run with a pair of three-pointers on back-to-back possessions. The Broncos shot 75 percent from beyond the arc in the second half and 12-of-14 from the line to fuel the late surge.

Paul Noonan contributed 11 points off the bench for the Broncos and Ike Okoye added 13 points and eight rebounds. Cunningham matched Okoye’s eight rebounds to give the Broncos a 37-35 edge over North Texas. Okoye also added three blocks to lead the Broncos, who posted nine blocks as a team.

The Broncos will hit the road again in December as they visit Illinois on Dec. 3 and Idaho State Dec. 9 before returning home to take on San Diego on Dec. 12.