The Broncos battled from 12 points behind to upend Idaho 70-67 last night at Cowan Spectrum in Moscow. La'Shard Anderson once again led the way with 12 of the final 16 points in the game. The Broncos played dead for an eight-minute stretch of the first half in which they did not score a basket. That allowed Idaho to go on a 13-0 run and grab a 12-point lead. Boise State was able to cut the lead to 33-26 at intermission, a key finish that allowed the Broncos to win the game.
Zach Moritz, who returned to action for the first time in two weeks, hit a lay-up to give Boise State the lead 43-42. Idaho hit consecutive dunks but the Broncos were not fazed. Led by Anderson, Coach Leon Rice's team took charge after that and scored an important road victory.
It was a surprising result given that, at least last week, Idaho matched up better with 7-13 Nevada. Both Boise State and Idaho played the Wolf Pack on their home court last week. Idaho defeated Nevada 72-67 while the Broncos lost 69-67.
Boise State was just 24-59 from the field (40.7%) last night but won this one with poise; the Broncos committed just six turnovers to 12 for the Vandals.
Boise State advanced to 5-2 in the Western Athletic Conference and 12-7 overall while Idaho fell into a tie with the Broncos, as both teams have identical conference and overall marks. The Broncos and Vandals are now tied for second in the WAC behind seemingly unstoppable Utah State (7-0 in conference and 18-2 overall).
Anderson netted 21 points, five rebounds, seven assists and three steals to pace the Broncos but received good help with a career-tying 11 points from freshman Ryan Watkins, 11 from Paul Noonan and 10 from Daequon Montreal. Anderson now has 172 career steals, fifth all-time at Boise State. Anderson (301 career assists) passed Bryan DeFares (298) for seventh all-time in that department. Noonan (3-9 from beyond the arc and 2-2 from the free-throw line) is also moving up in the record book. He needs six treys to tie former great Gerry Washington for fourth all-time.
Noonan is now 170-202 from the line in his career, a percentage of 84.2%. That percentage would break Chris Childs' record of 81.8% from the line, but Noonan does not have enough attempts. To be listed in the record book, a player needs at least two free throw attempts per game. Noonan, who has now played 113 games for the Broncos, is 24 attempts shy of that minimum.
Kyle Barone led Idaho with 15 points and eight rebounds.