The road warrior mentality of Boise State paced the Broncos to a 73-61 win over Louisiana Tech, advancing their road record to 9-2, one win away from the school record.
Senior Reggie Larry
scored 25 points and pulled down eight rebounds as Boise State put away pesky Louisiana Tech
73-61 last night in Ruston. The win gave Greg Graham his 100th
career win as the head man for the Broncos.
Boise State overcame a sluggish first half
that saw them turn the ball over repeatedly but shoot 57.7% to turn a 20-12
deficit into a 35-32 halftime lead.
Eventually, the speed and depth of the Broncos wore down Tech. Boise State was much better at handling the
ball in the second half and the nation's top shooting team continued to blister
the nets. Tyler Tiedeman scored 15
points and hit three three-pointers while Matt Nelson added 12. Tiedeman is now just three three-pointers
away from 10th place on the all-time Bronco list for treys in a
season with 57.
The win enabled Boise State to remain percentage points
behind Western Athletic Conference front-runner Utah State. Coach Graham's Broncos improved to 8-2 in the
WAC and 17-5 overall ahead of a crucial WAC showdown with New Mexico State Saturday night.
Larry became just the
12th Bronco to score 400 points in two seasons. He now has 421 this season after scoring 437
last year. He also was a force
defensively with three blocked shots, passing Billy Fikes, Richard Morgan and
Larry McKinney into 8th place on the all-time Bronco list for career
Freshman Orren Tims,
who made his debut for the Bulldogs, had 16 points and nine rebounds. James Loe and Kyle Gibson added 11 each. Louisiana Tech fell to 3-18 and 0-9 in the
The Broncos face off
against defending WAC champion New Mexico State Saturday. A Bronco win would just about eliminate the
Aggies from the regular-season crown while a loss would enable New Mexico State to tie them for second place.