Boise State Blows Out Bakersfield 81-56

The surging Boise State basketball team dispensed of Cal State-Bakersfield tonight 81-56 in Taco Bell Arena. Reggie Larry and Matt Nelson combined for 44 points and 23 rebounds to wreak havoc inside for the overmatched Roadrunners.

One of the top two scoring and rebounding duos in the nation scored 44 points and had 23 rebounds between them tonight as Boise State blew away Cal State-Bakersfield 81-56 in Taco Bell Arena.  Reggie Larry had 23 points and 10 rebounds while Matt  Nelson poured in 21 points and led the Broncos with 13 rebounds as Coach Greg Graham's team won its 20th game of the season.


The pair could not have been better inside for Boise State—Larry was 11 of 14 from the field while Nelson was 8 of 10 and also hit 5 of 7 free throws.  The win enabled Boise State to become just the 15th school since 1980 to make the 10-20 Club twice.  The Bronco football team won 10 regular-season games last fall while the basketball Broncos are now 20-6 on the season.  Boise State also accomplished the feat in the 2003-04 school year.


Point guard Anthony Thomas had a great game tonight as well for the Broncos, scoring seven points, dishing out eight assists and getting two steals.  Thomas is now just eight assists behind the 118 that Steve Connor recorded in the 1977-78 season for 10th place all-time.  He also is nine steals short of 10th place on that list.  Boise State as a team recorded an amazing 22 assists on 34 field goals tonight to give them 479 this season.  That puts the 2007-08 Broncos into fifth all-time, passing both the 1976-77 and 1973-74 Boise State teams in the process.


With his 11 field goals tonight, Larry passed both Arnell Jones (1987-88) and Steve Connor (1975-76) and is tied with Eric Bailey for ninth on the Bronco all-time field goals in a season list with 188.  With a minimum of five games remaining, Larry can break into the all-time top five with 23 more field goals.


Larry and Nelson now have 899 points between them this season and shot up from 20th to tie for 11th on the all-time Bronco list with Abe Jackson and Booker Nabors, who finished with 899 points in 2001-02.  Larry and Nelson have a realistic chance of breaking the school record of 1,021 with a minimum of five games remaining.  Larry, Nelson and Tyler Tiedeman now have 1,267 points to tie with the 1986-87 trio of Arnell Jones, Chris Childs and Jeff Kelly.  Larry, Nelson and Tiedeman now need just 85 points between them in five games to break that school record. 


With 20 wins on the season, Boise State can now concentrate on Siena in the annual ESPN Bracket Buster game.  Tipoff is at 7 Saturday night in Taco Bell Arena.



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