Another game in the books, another puzzling loss for the Broncos. Boise State came out on fire Wednesday night, the team looked fired up and ready to go. Scoring 43 points in the first half, the Broncos were led by Zach Haney, who had his best half of the year.
Early on, it seemed like the Broncos could do no wrong. Haney was playing great and Alston, Hobbs, and Jessup were all contributing. However, the Rebels could’t miss either. UNLV was on fire beyond the arc, where they finished the game making 14 of 26 attempts. No matter what the Broncos did, they always had an answer. It almost felt as if Boise State was playing the other Nevada team.
In the second half, the Broncos could not keep up the offensive output that allowed them to have a 43-39 lead at the half. Meanwhile, UNLV continued to be a force from three point range. Boise State continued to face the same problems that have plagued them throughout the season, where they struggled to keep a large lead early and fall behind when they go cold. It continues to feel like the Broncos are close to being a really solid basketball team, but they can’t seem to avoid the awful 5-10 minute stretches that have cost them multiple games.
While the majority of the second half was close (68-68 at one point), UNLV ended the game on a 15-4 run, for an 83-72 victory. The Rebels were led by Noah Robotham, who had 21 points and hit 5 of his 6 attempts from three point range. Boise State had four scorers in double figures, led by Derrick Alston with 17, Alex Hobbs with 16, Justinian Jessup with 15, and Zach Haney with 13 points.
The Broncos dropped to 10-13 overall and 5-5 in conference play. They will look to bounce back on Saturday when they host San Jose State.