Nick Duncan and James Webb III tallied 24 apiece as Boise State (14-5, 5-1) won its first game after its school-best 10-game winning streak was snapped Saturday. Nick Duncan caught fire in the first half, draining six 3s and James Webb III fell just two rebounds short of the first 20-20 game by a Boise State player since 2005. Mikey Thompson also added 16 points and Paris Austin finished in double figures with 11 as the Broncos dominated throughout the night.
Freshman forward Ryan Welage guided the San Jose State Spartans with 19 points, including 3-3 from deep. Brandon Clarke had 13 and 11 off the bench for San Jose State (6-13, 1-6).
There was never much doubt about which team would finish the night victorious. Boise State raced out to a quick 11-0 lead and the Spartans were unable to scratch within six points of the Broncos the rest of the game.
It was important that Boise State did not falter Wednesday night after an emotionally draining loss to San Diego State last weekend. Although San Diego State presents a tougher defensive presence than San Jose State, the Broncos needed to get back into its rhythm on offense. Boise State was able to do just that; knocking down nine 3s after only hitting one against SDSU, and shot 43.2% from the field after a dismal 31.5% last Saturday.
San Jose State still has work to do until they can compete in the conference, but the future is bright. Leon Rice spoke very highly this week of the progression of Dave Wojcik's squad, who recently defeated Wyoming, an NCAA Tournament team last spring.
Boise State is back on the road for a week which includes a trip to Laremie to face the Wyoming Cowboys and then to Sin City to battle the rising Runnin' Rebels of UNLV.
San Jose State hosts New Mexico Saturday afternoon and will play three of the next four games at home.