Louisiana Tech Ends Broncos' Season 75-64

It ended all too quickly for the Boise State basketball team. One game and out in the WAC Basketball Tournament in Reno.

Mission for Boise State's basketball team in the off-season: Start believing that you should win.

The Broncos were eliminated in the first round of the Western Athletic Conference basketball tournament today in Reno, falling 75-64 to Louisiana Tech. Boise State held the lead for much of the game, but didn't show any sign that they wanted to put the Bulldogs away. Coach Greg Graham's team created a little space between themselves and Tech several times only to create a turnover or allow a wide-open basket. Boise State was ahead with just 12 minutes left of the see-saw contest, when the Bulldogs took control and outscored the Broncos 33-21.

Boise State suffered its third losing season in the last four years, dropping to 14-15. The team's top two recruits in Grahm's first recruiting class, junior guard Coby Karl and Eric Lane, combined for 11 turnovers of the team's 19. The Broncos also missed 11 free throws. Louisiana Tech collected their 20th win of the season and will play #2 seed Utah State tomorrow night. Utah State put away 7th-seed San Jose State this afternoon 76-69. The other semifinal will have the winner of the Nevada-Idaho game playing the winner of the New Mexico State-Hawai'i contest.

Karl led Boise State with 16 points and eight rebounds. Tez Banks was solid with 15 points on 5 of 6 shooting and, along with freshman Kurt Cunningham battled Tech star Paul Millsap inside. Paul Millsap eventually totaled 19 points, most in the second half, and the #1 rebounder in the nation three years running collected 17 this afternoon.

Boise State finds little solace in outrebounding Tech 41-36. The Bulldogs were one of the top rebounding teams in the country coming into the game and had controlled the boards in both wins this season. In the end, it was the failure to take care of the ball, hit free throws, and drive to the basket that sealed the Broncos' fate.


Top 3 Players:

1. Tez Banks

2. Kareem Lloyd

3. Kenny Wilson


Bronco MVP Season Standings:

1. Coby Karl 58

2. Eric Lane 27

3. Matt Bauscher 19

4. Tez Banks 16

5. Seth Robinson 15

6. Kareem Lloyd 15

7. Tyler Tiedeman 10

8. Kenny Wilson 9

9. Kurt Cunningham 4

10. McNeal Thompson 1





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