Broncos Hold Off Idaho 82-68

Backed into a self-induced corner, the Boise State basketball team responded with a solid road effort to defeat Idaho yesterday afternoon. A loss would have given the Broncos a losing record for the first time this season. Coby Karl was outstanding again and moved within range of several Bronco greats in the Bronco record books.

Coby Karl and Eric Lane combined to score 43 points to lead Boise State to an 82-68 Western Athletic Conference win over Idaho at the Cowan Spectrum yesterday afternoon. The victory was the ninth straight over Idaho and Greg Graham's seventh in as many games against the Vandals.

Boise State (10-9, 3-5 WAC) went on a 14-point run early in the first half to take a commanding 17-4 lead. The Broncos pushed the lead to as many as 20 early in the second half and held off a couple of Idaho (3-14, 0-6 WAC) runs that saw the Vandals get within four with 12:55 to play and within six with 1:12 to play.

Idaho's Brett Ledbetter nailed five three-pointers in seven possessions to cut the Bronco lead to 48-44. Karl squashed that rally with a three-pointer of his own to spark Boise State on a 21-9 run that pushed the lead back to double digits. The Broncos built the lead back to as many as 18 points, but Idaho came charging back to within six. McNeal Thompson sealed the game making 5-of-6 free throws in the last minute. Thompson finished with a season-high 10 points.

Karl was nearly as spectacular as he was in Thursday night's loss to Nevada when he scored a career-high 32 points. He finished with 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range. Karl moved within 5 points of Bronco great Ron Austin (1969-1971) for 13th place on the all-time Bronco scoring list and is now 25 behind Bryan Defares (2000-2004) for 12th place.

Lane elevated his scoring with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting but also had five turnovers. Boise State was red-hot from the floor for the second consecutive game. Boise State hit 28-of-49 shots (57.1 percent), including 12-of-24 (50 percent) from 3-point range.

Tez Banks ran his consecutive shots made streak to nine, finishing 3-for-3 from the field with eight points. Kareem Lloyd led Boise State with eight rebounds and three blocked shots, while Seth Robinson had seven rebounds for the Broncos.

With eight league games to play, Coach Graham's club is in 7th place in the WAC and travels to play San Jose State (1-5 in the WAC and 5-14 overall) Wednesday night. That contest is scheduled for 8 p.m. Boise time.


Top 3 Players:

1. Coby Karl

2. Kareem Lloyd

3. McNeal Thompson


Bronco MVP Season Standings:

1. Coby Karl 45

2. Eric Lane 16

3. Matt Bauscher 11

4. Seth Robinson 10

4. Tyler Tiedeman 10

6. Kareem Lloyd 7

7. Kenny Wilson 6

8. Tez Banks 5

9. Kurt Cunningham 3

10. McNeal Thompson 1










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