Broncos Host New Mexico State in New Year's Eve Match-up
The Boise State men’s basketball team (8-5, 1-0 WAC) continues the opening week of Western Athletic Conference play, hosting New Mexico State (7-8, 1-0 WAC) Friday at Taco Bell Arena. Tip-off against the Aggies is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Boise State will play its first conference road games next week against San Jose State (Jan. 6) and Hawai’i (Jan. 8).
STARTING ON THE RIGHT FOOT
After opening with a 20-2 run, the Broncos cruised to a 71-60 victory in their WAC opener against Louisiana Tech, Wednesday. Paul Noonan tied his career high with six 3-pointers en route to a season-high 23 points. La’Shard Anderson added 11 points and eight assists, and Robert Arnold chipped in 11 points.
The Broncos trail New Mexico State 9-14 in the all-time series, including losses in each of the last three meetings.
LAST YEAR AGAINST NMSU
Although the Broncos lost both meetings during the 2009-10 season, the losses were by a combined six points (88-85; 95-92).
Robert Arnold scored a career-high 35 points against the Aggies on the road (Feb. 27), and averaged 30.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in the two meetings last season. He was one of two returning Broncos to average double figures, with Daequon Montreal posting 17.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg. Paul Noonan missed the first meeting, but scored 15 points in the second game on the heels of five 3-pointers.
The Broncos are looking to start 2-0 in the WAC for just the fourth time since joining the league prior to the 2001-02 season. Boise State also started 2-0 during the 2002-03, 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.
DEBUT FOR RICE
Leon Rice, in his debut season after being named the seventh head coach in school history, is the only coach to begin his career with six-consecutive wins.
Since Boise State became a four-year institution prior to the 1968-69 season, no other coach won more than his first two games to begin his career.
Rice joins the Broncos after spending the last 11 seasons on the coaching staff at Gonzaga. He had served as the associate head coach with the Bulldogs since 2007.
Bob Behler is in his third season as the “Voice of the Broncos,” and his 25th calling college basketball games. Joining Behler, and also in his third season, is former Bronco Abe Jackson, who played for Boise State from 1998-2002.
All Bronco games will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with KBOI 670 AM serving as the flagship station. Games can also be heard live at broncosports.com.
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