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Boise State sneaks past UC Davis 64-56

The home Broncos trailed much of the first half but were able to hold off UC Davis en route to an eight-point victory.

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James Webb led Boise State with 23 points and nine rebounds as the Broncos downed UC Davis Wednesday night. Nick Duncan had 12 points and four assists, and Anthony Drmic had 14 points and shot 3-6 from three-point distance.

Freshman Siler Schneider scored a career-high 21 for the UC Davis Aggies, who have lost its last six games.

Boise State showed signs of rust after a lengthy Christmas vacation but was able to overcome a sloppy first half. UC Davis held a nine-point lead twice in the first half (27-18 and 29-20) but Boise State closed the first period on a 9-2 spurt to close the deficit to two.

The Broncos trailed 45-41 before using a 17-4 run to grab a comfortable lead with five minutes remaining. UC Davis was within four with a little over three minutes left, but only connected on one basket the rest of the game.

The free throw stripe provided Boise State with the helping hand Wednesday night. The Achilles' heel throughout non-conference play for BSU has been the foul and free throw battle. Boise opponents shot 77 more free throws heading into the UC Davis game, but the Broncos attempted 26 free throws while the Aggies only managed seven freebies.

Prior to Wednesday night's game, Boise State ranked 290th in the country in steals, but recorded a season-high 10 thefts against the Aggies. The Broncos are averaging only three steals a game in losses this season, but tally 6.5 in victories.

Boise State completed the non-conference portion of the season with a convincing six-game winning streak. Although BSU was unable to pull off an upset over Michigan State or Arizona (in two chances), Leon Rice and the Broncos should feel confident about its play in the first 13 games of the season.

Colorado State (8-5) comes to Taco Bell Arena on Saturday afternoon for the Broncos' conference opener.