Rod Couch

James Webb III Leads Boise State Broncos Past Bradley Braves, 90-70

James Webb III has a career day against Bradley.

BOISE, Idaho--James Webb III scored a career-high 31 points as Boise State downed Bradley 90-70 this afternoon at Taco Bell Arena.  The game was part of the Mountain West Conference-Missouri Valley Challenge, clinched by the Mountain West today.

''He scored 31 without hitting 3s,'' Boise State coach Leon Rice said. ''If he makes shots, he probably has 40 tonight. He's been working hard on all aspects of his game.''

Webb added eight rebounds and four steals as the Broncos (8-4) remained unbeaten at home this season and extended their home winning streak to 14.  Webb hit 10-of-11 free throws.

''I felt good,'' Webb III said. ''The twos were falling, but the 3s weren't, and I can hit free throws now.''

Boise State trailed 3-1 early, but led 46-33 at the half.  Bradley closed to with 52-41 with 16:44 remaining, but Webb scored five points in a 13-2 Bronco run that put the game away.  

The Broncos controlled the interior with a 42-20 edge in points in the paint.  Boise State committed a season-low six turnovers, and outpointed the Braves 24-1 in points off turnovers.

Mikey Thompson (12), Nick Duncan (11), Chandler Hutchison (11) and Lonnie Jackson joined Webb in double figures for the Broncos.  Paris Austin had a career-high eight rebounds to tie Webb for the team lead.  Boise State was 28-34 (82.5 percent) from the free throw line.

Anthony Drmic passed Bronco great Ron Austin (1968-1971) for sixth place in career free throws by going 5-6 from the line.  Drmic, who has 355 for his career, trails Chris Childs (1985-89) by four for fifth place.

The Broncos were without guard Montigo Alford and forwards David Wacker and Robin Jorch, who were all out with injuries.

Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye led Bradley, which slipped to 2-10 on the season, with 17 points, while Antoine Pittman added 15.

Boise State hosts UC Davis Wednesday.    


Guards Drmic and Thompson earned their undergraduate degrees Saturday, joining Jackson, who graduated from Boston College last spring before transferring to Boise State, as players with degrees.

Career Free Throws:

1.    592 Tanoka Beard (1989-1993)

2.    458 Derrick Marks (2011-2015)

3.    432 Coby Karl (2003-2007)

4.    385 Steve Connor (1974-1978)

4.    359 Chris Childs (1985-1989)

6.    355 Anthony Drmic (2011-current)  

5.    352 Ron Austin (1968-1971)

7.    346 Greg Bunn (1970-1973)

8.    322 Gerry Washington (1995-1999)

8.    319 Abe Jackson (1998-2002)

10.  313 Bryan Defares (2000-2004)

11.  275 Pat Hoke (1972-1976)

12.  265 Vince Hinchen (1981-1984)

13.  257 Danny Jones (1974-1978)

14.  249 Arnell Jones (1986-1988)

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