Broncos Open Conference Play with Victory

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Paul Noonan scored a season-high 23 points to lead Boise State to a 71-60 victory over Louisiana Tech in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams Wednesday night at Taco Bell Arena.

The Broncos (8-5, 1-0 WAC) opened the game with a 20-2 run and maintained control the rest of the way.

DeAndre Brown scored 24 points to lead the Bulldogs (9-6, 0-1 WAC), who shot 20 percent from the field in the first half and didn't record their first field goal until 8:17 remained before halftime.

Boise State went into intermission up 36-14, holding Louisiana Tech to its lowest point total in a half this season. The 22-point halftime lead was also the Broncos' largest margin in a WAC game since Jan. 24, 2008, when the Broncos led Hawai'i by 25 (47-22).

In the second half, Louisiana Tech shot 55.6 percent but didn't get closer than 14 until less than three minutes remained.

Noonan tied his career high with six 3-pointers en route to his second 20-point game of the season.

La'Shard Anderson had 11 points and eight assists for Boise State, and tied his career high with seven rebounds.

Ashaolu Olu added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs.

The Broncos host New Mexico State Friday at 5 p.m., at Taco Bell Arena.

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