The preseason had a lot more downs than ups for Boise State’s men’s basketball team. It appears that conference play may be able to give the Broncos the boost they need to salvage the season. The Broncos opened up conference play in Laramie taking on the Wyoming Cowboys, where they came away with the 69-55 victory.
What was different?
Well, there were a number of things. First of all, the Broncos were flanked by their junior sharpshooters, Alex Hobbs and Justinian Jessup. Hobbs finished the game with 17 points and Jessup with 14 points. The two also combined to make 6/12 three point attempts, while the rest of the team struggled beyond the arc, making only 2/14 attempts. If the Broncos are going to make noise in conference play, they will need to be better behind the arc.
The Broncos also rebounded the ball well. While the defense has been solid for the most part, some of that has been nullified by poor rebounding. They did a nice job of limiting the Cowboys on Wednesday night.
The bench play was also better for the Broncos; Dembley and Alston had a nice showing, combining for 19 points.
What stayed the same?
Boise State was inconsistent on offense. Outside of RJ Williams, they don’t have a lot of dynamic athletes. They need to be above average beyond the arc, and Wacker and Haney need to get more second chance baskets. The senior big men have been disappointing to say the least. Their improvement will be vital to the success of this basketball team.
It was a great start for the Broncos, who needed a win to build confidence as they start conference play. Boise State will be in action again Saturday as they host San Diego State at Taco Bell Arena. This should be a tougher test for the Broncos.