Shorthanded Boise State Stymies Air Force

Boise State continued to put pressure on league leader San Diego State with their eighth straight victory, as the Broncos throttled Air Force.

Boise State utilized its newfound defense to stymie Air Force 67-42 at Taco Bell Arena tonight, the second game the Broncos have held an opponent below 50 points. Boise State held league leader San Diego State to just 46 points in a win Sunday night.

The Broncos played without four players; besides star Anthony Drmic, who went out with a season-ending injury early in the year, starting guard Mikey Thompson and reserve guard Montigo Alford were suspended for violations of team rules and Dezmyn Trent is also injured.

With tonight's victory, the Broncos set a school record with their eighth consecutive conference win. That breaks the record of seven straight set by the 1986-87 Boise State team and tied the following season and by the 1995-96 Bronco team.

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Sophomore James Webb III had 17 points and pulled down a career-tying 15 rebounds despite providing a scare with a shoulder injury late in the first half and leaving for the locker room. Webb was able to come back and play most of the second half for Coach Leon Rice.

It was a low-scoring start for both teams, but Boise State held a 25-14 lead at halftime and extended the lead over 20 points early in the second half.

Derrick Marks had 13 points and Rob Heyer contributed 12 points.

Matt Mooney led Air Force (11-13, 4-9) with 12 points.

Boise State advanced to 18-6 on the season and 8-3 in the Mountain West. The Broncos travel to Fresno State Saturday, trying to make amends for a poor showing last season.


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