Better not break out the bubbly just yet. Better not tell the 1987-88 Boise State basketball team to move over--their place in Bronco basketball history is still safe. Boise State's 66-63 win this afternoon over Fresno State in Taco Bell Arena did enable them to move three games above .500 on the season. But they're just 5-5 in the Western Athletic Conference.
Still, the thrilling come-from-behind win enabled the Broncos to pass Fresno State in the WAC standings, and move within a half a game of Hawai'i for 5th. And if, at the end of the season, one can look back and see that it was the beginning of a 15-game winning streak, it will indeed be worth celebrating at that time.
Boise State's Tez Banks was amazing, especially in the key run that saw the Broncos erase an eight point deficit and grab a three-point lead heading into the game's final minutes. The 6'9" senior grabbed 17 rebounds, many of them giving Boise State second-chance opportunities, and also scored 12 points. The 17 rebounds is just five off the all-time Bronco record of 22, set twice by Bill Otey (1968 and 1969) and by Steve Wallace in 1972.
Leading scorer Coby Karl poured in 17 points in the second half to finish with 19 and he got 14 rebounds himself. Boise State easily won the battle on the boards with 55 to 38 for Fresno State. That total is also just five rebounds shy of the Bronco team record of 60 that was set against Carroll College in 1970. Matt Bauscher chipped in with 11 points for Coach Greg Graham's club.
Quinton Hosley's 21 points and 11 rebounds led the Bulldogs, while Dwight O'Neil added 13 points and Hector Hernandez had 12.
Karl passed both Danny Jones 1974-1978) and Bryan Defares (2000-2004) moving into 11th place on the Bronco all-time scoring list with 1097 points. Jones scored 1090 in his career (11.1 avg.) while Defares had 1087 (9.2). Karl needs 29 points to pass Bronco great John Coker for 10th place/
The Broncos were cold from the floor (22 of 66) but their incredible rebounding effort and free-throw shooting (17-21) enabled them to prevail in a tight game. Boise State advances to 12-9 overall while Fresno State slips to 4-5 in the WAC and 11-9 overall with the loss.
The Broncos have another difficult travel week, taking on WAC title contender Louisiana Tech next Wednesday in Ruston, then flying home just in time to host Hawaii Saturday in Taco Bell Arena.
Top 3 Players:
1. Tez Banks
2. Coby Karl
3. Matt Bauscher
Bronco MVP Season Standings:
1. Coby Karl 48
2. Eric Lane 16
3. Matt Bauscher 15
4. Seth Robinson 12
5. Tyler Tiedeman 10
6. Tez Banks 8
7. Kareem Lloyd 7
8. Kenny Wilson 6
9. Kurt Cunningham 3
10. McNeal Thompson 1
Coby Karl and the All-Time Bronco Scoring List:6. Vince Hinchen (1981-1984)...............1243 (15.9)
7. Gerry Washington (1995-1999)..........1210 (10.7)
8. Pat Hoke (1972-1976)......................1165 (13.5)
9. Trent Johnson (1974-1978)...............1155 (10.8)
10. John Coker (1991-1995)..................1126 (13.4)
11. Coby Karl (2003-present).............1097 (12.5)
12. Danny Jones (1974-1978)................1090 (11.1)
13. Bryan Defares (2000-2004)..............1087 (9.2)
14. Ron Austin (1969-1971)...................1067 (20.5)
15. Greg Bunn (1970-1973)....................1032 (13.4)