Thursday, January 8, 2009

Broncos stampede over Spartans

It was 46-28 at the end of 20 minutes as Boise State bolted from a 14-14 tie early on to race pass San Jose State. The Spartans missed a number of chippies inside and the result was a 28-6 points-in-the-paint differential favoring the Broncos at halftime.

The game began as an all-offense effort with both teams shooting well. SJSU opened 5-6 from the floor but then entered a dry 0-12 spell, hence the major deficit. The misses extended to 24 of 27.

San Jose made a mid-second half run to close the difference to six, 56-50, but eight unanswered Bronco points extended the lead back to 15, 64-50. BSU then extended it even further to put the contest on ice, finally winning 84-64.

Justin Graham played aggressively offensively but nobody else stepped forward. He finished with 12 points. Tim Pierce led San Jose State with 14, including 4-7 three-point shooting. Oliver Caballero made his first appearance of the season, that as a member of the Spartan starting five in place of Chris Oakes. Oakes led the team in rebounding with eight.

What was remarkable was at the same time that Boise led 49-36, San Jose State had a 31-18 rebounding advantage and was 10-12 from the foul line.

NOTE: We never could pick up the game on KSJS as advertised but luckily KIDO in Boise was broadcasting the game.

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