BOISE, Idaho--James Webb III scored 17 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Chandler Hutchison had 11 points, 10 rebounds and six assists in a 79-55 exhibition win by Boise State over Northwest University of Washington last night at Taco Bell Arena.
True freshman Paris Austin led the Broncos with 18 points and played a team-high 35 minutes in his collegiate debut. Boise State was without the services of senior guards Montigo Alford and Mikey Thompson, both of whom are recovering from injuries.
“Obviously since Mikey and Montigo are out I have gotten to play a lot more," Austin said, "but like I said I’m just here to play my role and get my teammates involved, and just run the show.”
Hutchison liked what he saw from Austin: "Good leadership, I mean you don’t really get that from a freshman, but he’s locked in. Overall defensively we have to get better, and that’s as a team. I thought he played really well. He handled the ball well, got other people involved and attacked the basket.”
Anthony Drmic returned to the Coach Leon Rice's lineup with four points, four rebounds and six assists. Drmic played seven games last season before requiring season-ending ankle surgery. Drmic was granted a medical redshirt and is back for his fifth year for the Broncos.
Boise State exploded out of the gate for a 15-0 lead as Webb hit two three-pointers and scored on a thunder jam, which showed the versatility Webb brings to the Bronco lineup. James expressed his feelings when he was going up on the dunk, and on getting Drmic back:
“Don’t lose the ball. I did that a couple times in our scrimmages in the other gym, so that was my main focus not to lose the ball, and after that it’s easy. It was great to play with Drmic though, he opens up the floor so much and he’s always in the right spot. He’s a shooter, so you know any pass you make to him, it’s capable of going in. It’s fun, we've got a team full of shooters.”
By halftime, Webb had 15 points as Boise State led 45-26.
Redshirt freshman Zach Haney played 21 minutes and scored 9 points while bringing down 10 rebounds. Boise State outrebounded Northwest 50-30.
Rice liked the ball movement by his team: “Unselfish guys that have a good feel for the game. I thought it was terrific that first half – three turnovers – and then you end the game with 13, not bad for playing everybody and playing some guys high minutes. And a lot of them, I think there were some fatigue turnovers there in some stretches that we can eliminate. There’s a lot we can learn from this, we need to get a heck of a lot better in the next four, five practices to get ready for the opener.”
Last night was for practice. The Broncos officially open their season November 13 at Montana.