I'm not talking about the football team and the individual records they set---I'm talking about the Boise State men's basetball team. Overshadowed by the hype of the football game down in San Diego, it was almost forgotten by the media that the basketball squad also played last Saturday afternoon at Taco Bell Arena and that they made history doing it. Boise State (3-0) beat Big West opponent Cal State Northridge 103-61 and are starting the second year in a row at 3-0, which is a historical record for the hoops squad in itself.
After a sluggish start in which the Broncos were down 0-6, second year head coach Leon Rice righted his ship with a timeout. They rallied and never looked back. Boise State out-rebounded the Cal State Northridge Matadors 27-5 in the first half and took a 48-24 lead into half-time. That came thanks to a great effort by Thomas Bropleh
who scored 17 points in the first half.
Australian freshman Igor Hadziomerovic
also scored big with a career-high of 18 points. His Down Under mate, Anthony Drmic
, added 14 more. Hadziomerovic and Bropleh put up 9 of the 13 3-point baskets that helped push Boise State over the top. When you consider that the Broncos also held a 49-20 rebounding advantage and that the Matadors committed 19 turnovers, it is no wonder the score had a 42 point spread at the finish.
Next up for the Broncos: Long Beach State tomorrow night at 8:05 PM MT, at Long Beach, Calif.