It has been a while since the Broncos have played in a game that did not end in heartbreaking fashion. That changed on Saturday evening, as Boise State dominated Air Force from the opening tip. It was the last game of the regular season and Senior night. Both teams were look for some momentum before the Mountain West tournament begins on Wednesday.
Boise State dominated from the opening tip, they played their most complete first half of the year going into the half with a 45-24 lead. The Broncos continued their domination in the second half en route to an 80-52 victory. Leon Rice went with a six man rotation for the majority of the game, with Alex Hobbs as the only player off the bench. One would think that Coach Rice and the Broncos may roll with the six man rotation in hopes of making a run in Las Vegas.
The leading scorer for the Broncos was Derrick Alston with 22 points. Zach Haney chipped in a career high 20 points, while Justinian Jessup was the only other Bronco in double figures with 11 points. Boise State has the potential to play spoiler in the next week, they have proven over the course of the season that they can play with any team in the Mountain West, but they haven’t shown the ability to put games away down the stretch. Can that change next week? We will find out on Wednesday, when the Broncos take on the Colorado State Rams in a first round match up. The two teams split their regular season contests.