After starting the season 5-8 and entering conference play, it was hard to see a scenario where the Broncos would reach .500. However, the Broncos have entered conference play with a renewed sense of energy and that continued in San Jose Saturday afternoon.
The Broncos overcame a slow first half, with a dominant showing in the second half. The Broncos entered the half with only a three point lead against the Spartans, a team that is expected to finish last in the conference. Boise State put on an absolute show in the second half, with a highlight reel dunk by Justinian Jessup and a barrage of three pointers.
A night after visiting first round pick Chandler Hutchison when his Chicago Bulls took on the Golden State Warriors, it felt as if the Broncos had Hutch on the court again. Boise State had five scorers in double figures, led by Alex Hobbs and Pat Dembley with 18 points. Sharpshooter Justinian Jessup chipped in 17, while Zach Haney and Derrick Alston each had 11 points. The Broncos outscored the Spartans by 20 points in the second half en route to an 87-64 victory.
The Broncos will face their toughest test of the year on Tuesday night, when the Nevada Wolf Pack come to town. It has been a while since a top ten opponent has come in to Taco Bell Arena and I anticipate a large crowd supporting the blue and orange. If the Broncos are going to have any chance against Nevada, they will need to clean up some of the turnover issues they had against San Jose State.