It's A Long Road to Victory

Thus far, Boise State's men's basketball team has had an up and down season, finding a groove and playing well then going into a funk. The travel-weary Broncos are in Honolulu for a late-night contest against Hawai'i. Inside, a look at the Rainbow Warriors.

Boise State's basketball team is in the midst of playing three games in three time zones in six days. Tonight, the Broncos are in Honolulu for a game against Hawai'i--tipoff is 10 p.m. Boise time. The Rainbow Warriors have won four of their last five games. A good barometer to watch tonight is the pace of the game. Hawai'i is 8-0 this season when scoring more than 61 points and they are an amazing 40-1 when scoring 80 or more points since 2000.

Hawai'i split against UNLV and owns wins against Michigan State, Utah State and Nevada. They are 7-2 at home. On the season the Rainbow Warriors are outscoring opponents by an average of 69.5 to 66.2 points per game. They are holding opponents to under 41% shooting while averaging nearly 6 blocks a game. In fact, the Warriors have nearly three times as many blocks (73-27) as their opponents. Hawai'i set a new school record with 13 blocks against Nevada breaking the old record of 11 set in 1979.

Julian Sensley leads the team in scoring with a 16.6 points per game average. He has 67 rebounds, becoming the 10th Hawai'i player to reach 500 in his career. Sensley also has 18 steals and is 2nd on the team in assists with 41. Matt Lejeski hits for 13.5 points a contest and is the leading 3-point shooter on the team (27-65) at 41.5%. Lejeski is also an 84% free throw shooter and leads the team in steals with 19. Ahmet Gueye is the third Warrior in double figures averaging 12.6 points a game. He leads the WAC in blocked shots with 37. Gueye is hitting 59.5% from the floor (72-121) and is the team leader in rebounds with 111 (7.9 per game).

Guards Matthew Gibson and Bobby Nash are both out for the season with injuries. Gipson was averaging 9.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Deonte Tatum is hitting 7.0 points per game and leads the team in assists with 56. He also has 11 steals but leads the team in turnovers with 44. Chris Botez has played in all but one Rainbow Warrior game and has 47 rebounds but 40 fouls.


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