DeKALB, Ill. - The Boise State men's basketball team tied the school record with its sixth-consecutive win to begin the 2010-11 season, knocking off Northern Illinois 80-51 at the NIU Convocation Center, Monday. Three different Broncos scored in double figures, led by La'Shard Anderson's 17.
The only other time Boise State began a season 6-0 was in 1987-88, when the team finished 24-6, won the Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament titles and made the NCAA Tournament.
The Huskies jumped out to a 7-2 lead, but from that point on the Broncos were in control of the game. Boise State outscored the Huskies 21-4 over the next eight-plus minutes, and ultimately led by as many as 21 points (43-22) in the opening period.
Westly Perryman led the charge at both ends of the floor, finishing the first half with four steals and a career-high 11 points.
The Broncos extended their advantage to 31 in the second period on the heels of Anderson's 12 second-half points.
Northern Illinois' 51 points were a season low, as were the nine from the Huskies' Xavier Silas. Silas had scored at least 20 in each of the team's first four games - including 34 in each of the last two - and was second in the nation in scoring at 28.8 points per game.
Anderson also finished with five assists, while Perryman finished with 11 points and a career-high six steals. Perryman has 10-plus in back-to-back games, the first double-digit scoring efforts of his career. Paul Noonan chipped in 11 points, and he and Robert Arnold each pulled down a game-high eight rebounds.
The Broncos, victorious in their first three road games for the first time since the 2003-04 season, will return to Taco Bell Arena Sunday for a match-up with Long Beach State. Tip-off against the 49ers is scheduled for 2 p.m.