LAS VEGAS NV - DECEMBER 08: Justin Hawkins #31 of the UNLV Rebels drives against Ryan Watkins #23 of the Boise State Broncos during their game at The Orleans Arena December 8 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. UNLV won 75-72. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
The Boise State Broncos beat New Mexico State to advance to the WAC Tournament Championship Friday night at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The Broncos (20-11) were able to jump out to a lead and never trailed over a very good Aggie team, a feat they have not been able to do since they played Tulsa in March 2005. They won by score of 81-63, giving the Broncos a win for the ninth game in a row, still another feat they have not accomplished since 1992.
While seniors La’Shard Anderson, Robert Arnold, Daequon Montreal, and Paul Noonan didn't disappoint, it was freshmen Ryan Watkins with the game high of 16 and Jeff Elorriaga who scored a career-high 12 points who showed they are ready to step up to the next level and challege the MWC teams next year.
The Bronco win sets up a final showdown in the WAC with No.17 Utah State (29-3) before the Broncos jump to the Mountain West Conference this summer. It was the Utah State Aggies who gave the Broncos their last loss back on February 5th. This is BSU's third and final appearance in the WAC Tournament Championship.
So if you are looking for a double header in College Basketball action tonight, BYU will meet San Diego State in today's 5 p.m. Mountain West Conference championship game on Versus. The Broncos WAC championship game against the Aggies will follow at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
That should leave just enough time between games for a burger and a brew.