FULLERTON, California--The Boise State basketball team overcame foul trouble to defeat UC-Irvine 71-64 this afternoon in the opening round of the DirecTV Wooden Legacy Tournament. The Broncos face #3 Michigan State tomorrow in the semifinals.
Coach Leon Rice used his bench extensively because his top two scorers, Anthony Drmic and James Webb III were in foul trouble most of the game. Drmic hit four three-pointers on the way to a game-high 21 points, while Nick Duncan added 14 and Chandler Hutchison chipped in 13. Mikey Thompson posted a career-high eight assists and is averaging 5.6 assists per game this season.
Drmic (1,603 points) passed former Bronco great Chris Childs (1,602 points from 1985-1989) for #6 on the all-time scoring list.
UC-Irvine trimmed Boise State's lead to 62-57 with three minutes to play. Alex Young hit one-of-two free throws to cut the lead to 62-58. Duncan hit two free throws and then on the next possession, Webb hit a jumper with 1:52 remaining to give Boise State a 66-58 lead. Boise State made 5-of-6 free throws in the final minute to preserve the win.
Young led UC-Irvine with 15 points while Luke Nelson had 13. The Anteaters' 7-foot-6 Mamadou Ndiaye and 7-2 Ioannis Dimakopoulos played a combined 40 minutes and were held to six total rebounds.
Boise State advanced to 3-2 on the season while the Anteaters slipped to 4-1.
The Broncos battle Michigan State Friday afternoon at 3:30 MT on ESPN2.