Broncos Lulled to Sleep in Honolulu 72-61

Once again, Boise State's basketball team proved it has the talent to compete with a solid basketball team on the road. Once again they had a critical lull, on the short end of a 29-12 run in the second half that doomed their fate.

Boise State's basketball team has struggled against opponents' aggressive big men. It happened again last night. Chris Botez, whose college choices were narrowed down to Hawai'i and Boise State, came off the bench to score 12 points and grab eight rebounds as Hawai'i ran past the Broncos 72-61 last night in Honolulu. The Broncos played well during most of the game, leading 12-6 at the outset and 24-23 at halftime, but surges of 11-0 in the first half and 29-12 in a pivotal run midway through the second propelled the Rainbow Warriors to the win.

Julian Sensley scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Hawai'i, with help from Matt Lojeski's 16 points and nine rebounds and Ahmet Gueye, who added 12 points and six rebounds. Hawai'i advanced to 4-2 in the Western Athletic Conference and 10-6 overall with the victory.

Boise State leading scorer Coby Karl was harassed the entire first half and was held to just two points. He did finish with 12 points and five assists, going over the 1,000th point mark for his career in the second half. Eric Lane hit 5 of 9 3-pointers for 15 points while Tez Banks totaled 11 points and seven rebounds.

Boise State slipped to 7th in the WAC with the road loss; the Broncos now have a 2-4 league record and are 9-8 overall. Coach Greg Graham's club is ahead of just San Jose State and Idaho now in the league race. Boise State plays Nevada Thursday night in Taco Bell Arena.


Top 3 Players:

1. Eric Lane

2. Coby Karl

3. Tez Banks


Bronco MVP Season Standings:

1. Coby Karl 39

2. Eric Lane 16

3. Matt Bauscher 11

4. Seth Robinson 10

5. Tyler Tiedeman 9

5. Kenny Wilson 6

7. Kareem Lloyd 5

7. Tez Banks 5

8. Kurt Cunningham 1




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