After being humbled on the road, Boise State's basketball team returns home to try to heal their wounds in a Thursday night game against San Jose State. Coach Greg Graham has been pleading with Boise area fans to fill Taco Bell Arena. This might be the perfect opportunity--San Jose has lost six games in a row.
San Jose State lost a narrow 63-56 decision to the Wolf Pack. The Spartans' only other WAC contest was a 67-56 loss to Utah State. San Jose has been beaten by Montana State, Cal State-Fullerton, Northern Illinois, Drake, Pacific, UC-Irvine, California, Santa Clara and Texas Tech. The four victims on the schedule have been Long Beach State, San Diego, Cal Poly and Portland State.
The Spartans feature a balanced attack with six players doing most of the scoring. Demetrius Brown (6-6, 230, Sr.) is scoring at a 14.7 points per game clip while Alex Elam (6-4, 200, Sr.) is the only other player in double figures at 12.5. Carlton Spencer (6-2, 180, Jr.) contributes 8.3 points a game, Matt Misko (6-11, 225, Sr.) is at 7.0, Menelik Barbary (6-9, 230, Jr.) contributes 6.7 and Julian Richardson (6-1, 160, Jr.) 6.3 points per contest.
Richardson (19-49) is the top threat from long distance. Barbary is a force inside with 37 offensive rebounds out of 79 total. In fact, no less than six Spartans have at or above 50 rebounds. Spencer has 69, Elam 56, Kevin Fleming (6-6, 215, Jr.), 53, Brown 50 and Misko 59. San Jose also does not make mistakes; their 13.3 turnovers per game
The team's weakness is shooting; they are hitting just 41.5% from the floor on the season.
Come support the Broncos against San Jose State--Thursday night, 7:30, in Taco Bell Arena!