The Broncos followed one of their best performances of the year with a headscratcher in Boise. The Broncos had a fast start Saturday against Fresno State, but inconsistent scoring reared its ugly head again.
Boise State has traditionally been a solid shooting team under the leadership of Leon Rice, but this team continued its lackluster scoring on Saturday. Boise State was able to force Fresno into a low scoring dog fight in the first half. They went into the half with a 28-22 lead. While the Broncos were happy to have a six point lead, it felt as if they would need more scoring to come away with the win. That proved to be the case, as the Broncos came out of the locker room ice cold and quickly surrendered the lead. Boise State shooting could never heat up enough to overcome the double digit lead that the Bulldogs quickly built. It didn’t help that Fresno State star Deshon Taylor found his stroke, scoring all of his 15 points in the second half.
Boise State looked like the team that struggled to find its identity early in the season, the lack of a number one scorer coupled with poor post play has been a recipe for disaster. While the Broncos left with a loss, they now know that they can play with the best teams in the league. The Broncos have a relatively inexperienced roster that has the ability to make some noise in the conference tournament. Inconsistency was expected from this young squad, but the play of veteran posts Zach Haney and David Wacker has been disappointing to say the least. The two combined for only ten points and seven rebounds in the losing effort. Alex Hobbs and Justinian Jessup continued their solid play chipping in 15 points each. But more is needed out of the bigs and either RJ Williams or Derrick Alston need to emerge as consistent scoring threats if the Broncos are going to make any noise come tournament time.
The Broncos will look to recover on Tuesday night, when they travel to take on Air Force.