Drmic hit 6-9 from the floor, including 4-7 from beyond the three-point arc, while Thompson repeated a theme throughout his career, repeatedly penetrating for points in the paint, and also drained 2-of-3 treys for the Broncos. Mikey also had three rebounds, five assists and only one turnover in 30 minutes of play. Both talked to the local media following the win.
In the BroncoCountry article http://www.scout.com/college/boise-state/story/1612743-broncos-too-much-for-nau-pull-away-for-win, it was pointed out that defense keyed the win. Drmic talked about the importance of defense for the team.
"Offensively we've got so many weapons this season, so I just feel like defensively, we just need to step it up," Drmic said. "We have a key concept--we have to keep it out of the box. When they get inside the box, that's when they start to get open shots and open lanes to score and drive on. It's something we talked about at halftime, and I thought we did a better job in the second half."
Drmic didn't feel the improvement the second half wasn't the result of a change in strategy: "It wasn't as much of an adjustment as just playing harder."
Thompson is focused on winning and doing what he can to help the team. "I know with this entire team, this whole group of guys, we can go somewhere; we can have a special season," Thompson said.
The Broncos suffered a 76-74 loss to Montana in their season opener, but they proved last night that they have moved on. "A loss is a loss," Thompson said, "but we learned from it, and we showed that tonight, in the second half, that we can be a great defensive team. If we keep doing it, we can be a really great team."
Boise State travels to the valley of the sun for a meeting with #10 Arizona Thursday. Like several marquee matchups in recent seasons, the Broncos are looking forward to it. "A great team, going to a great venue, you've just got to let it rip," Drmic said.