The Boise State men’s basketball team caravans cross the Gem State to face in-state rival Idaho State, Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7:05 p.m. at Holt Arena. This week’s game against the Bengals marks the last nonconference road game for the Broncos this season, as they return home to face San Diego and open a five-game homestand.
The Broncos have opened the 2009-10 season on the road, marking the longest stretch of road games to open a season since the 1978-79 season when six of Boise State’s first seven games were on the road and went 0-7. This year, the Broncos are already off to a better start as they own a record of 4-3, as seven of their first eight games of the season have been played on the road.
Despite owning an overall record of 4-3 this season, the Broncos have tallied just a single win on their opponents court as all of their losses have come on the road. While Boise State may have struggled on the road, its only true road win came against the Big Sky’s Eastern Washington, while the other two road victories were won on a neutral court. This season alone, the Broncos are 1-1 against Big Sky conference opponents, posting a 61-75 point loss against Montana and an 82-69 point win at Eastern Washington.
About Idaho State...
Idaho State is 2-6 on the season after dropping a 68-56 decision at Utah in a game where it took ISU a half to adjust to having just two post players available, and no centers. Still, after trailing by 26 in the first half, ISU whittled that lead all the way down to 12 by the end, and outhustled the Utes as ISU outrebounded Utah 38-34 despite a tremendous height disadvantage. Demetrius Monroe, despite playing out of position, scored a career-high 19 points and also grabbed 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.
Amorrow Morgan, who scored 11 points against the Utes, leads the Bengals in scoring with a 15.5 average, and Broderick Gilchrest joins him in double- figures with a 12.3 scoring average, along with Monroe, who now is at 11.5 per game. Demetrius Monroe has the team lead in rebounding with 8.6 per game, including four double-doubles, and behind him in Donnie Carson at 4.1 per game. Austin Kilpatrick leads with 15 threes and is shooting a solid .417 from behind the arc, while Monroe is at .529 from the field. Morgan leads with 25 assists and Gilchrest leads with 12 steals.
As a team, the Bengals are shooting at a .439 clip, and they are at .299 from the three-point line. ISU is shooting .758 from the line for the season. They are getting outrebounded by 1.4 rebounds per game. ISU’s opponents have shot well so far, shooting .476 from the field so far, and hitting 58-of-161 threes, a .377 mark.
All-Time Series Notes Against Idaho State...
The All-Time Series: The series against the Bengals is one of the longest in Boise State history as the two teams have faced one another a total of 90 times since the Broncos joined the Division I ranks. During that time, Boise State has the edge over Idaho State leading all-time series record against the Bengals at 49-41. According to Idaho State’s record books, the Bengals leads the all-time series in Pocatello 31-13, and the Broncos lead the series in Boise 34-19.
Coach Graham vs. Idaho State: During Coach Graham’s tenure as a collegiate head coach, owns an all-time record of 5-2 against Idaho State ... Since Joe O’Brien has taken over the helm of the Bengal program, Coach Graham owns a perfect 3-0 record against Idaho State ... The last time the Broncos fell to the Bengals was during the 2005-06 season, when Boise State lost 79-88 at Pocatello.
Last Time vs. Idaho State: Mark Sanchez scored 25 points and Kurt Cunningham had 20, including 12 in the two overtimes, as Boise State defeated Idaho State 92-84 ... Paul Noonan added 11 points and Jamar Greene 10 points for the Broncos ... Amorrow Morgan scored 31 points for Idaho State (1-2). Demetrius Monroe had 11 points and Kal Bay and Deividas Busma each contributed 10 points as the Bengals lost in overtime to a Western Athletic Conference opponent for the second straight game. Idaho State lost in overtime 67-64 at Hawaii ... Morgan made two plays with time running out to force the overtime periods. His layup with five seconds remaining in regulation tied the score at 60 and forced the first overtime. Morgan’s assist to Monroe with two seconds left in the first overtime knotted the score at 74 and forced the second overtime.
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RADIO: KIDO (580 & 630 AM) in Boise will broadcast the game live with Bob Behler, providing the play-by-play, while former Boise State basektball great, Abe Jackson, provides 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, 92.1 FM), and McCall (KDZY 98.3 FM). KIDO, which is in its second year as the home of the Broncos, will broadcast every Boise State game. In addition, for all fans attending home games at Taco Bell Arena, KIDO is rebroadcast on 93.7 FM inside the arena.
TELEVISION: The Broncos game on Wednesday against the Bengals will not be available on television. However, you can catch the game on KIDO radio with Bob Behler.
BRONCOS ON THE INTERNET: 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. Live stats can be found at broncosports.com to follow the game on game tracker.