Boise State Tops San Jose State 74-68

Boise State got leadership from Tyler Tiedeman and Paul Noonan when it mattered most, as the Broncos shook off San Jose State tonight 74-68 for their 10th road win of the season. With two games remaining, the Broncos lead the WAC by a full game over Nevada and 1 1/2 over New Mexico State.

Paul Noonan provided the spark in the first half and Tyler Tiedeman was red-hot in the second as Boise State survived a tough San Jose State squad 74-68 for their school record-tying 10th win on the road this season.


 Noonan's play was pivotal because the Broncos, who lead the nation in shooting, began the game just one-for-nine and trailed 24-17 when Noonan entered the game following the second foul by Tiedeman.  The freshman responded by draining three consecutive three-pointers and adding a basket as Boise State grabbed a 40-36 halftime lead. 


The Spartans came back to take a 59-53 lead with just under eight minutes remaining in the game on some great play by freshman guard Justin Graham.  Tiedeman, who is as good an outside shooter as they come, hit two threes and two baskets in the next two-and-a-half minutes to spark the Broncos to a 65-62 lead.  Anthony Thomas followed with a three of his own a moment later and Boise State had their biggest lead at 70-62 and marched on to victory.


Tiedeman led five players in double figures with 16, Thomas finished with 15, Noonan had 13, Matt  Nelson chipped in with 12 and Reggie Larry added 10 points and had 12 rebounds.  Tiedeman's two three-pointers gave him 70 this season to tie Coby Karl (2005-06) for sixth place all-time. Tiedeman and Nelson had seven rebounds each for Coach Greg Graham's Broncos.

Justin Graham finished with 20 points as the only Spartan in double figures. San Jose State slips to 12-15 with the loss.

Boise State, meanwhile, has got to feel good about themselves with two Western Athletic Conference games remaining. Boise State is now 11-3 in conference play and 21-7 overall. What's more, New Mexico State, which trailed the Broncos by just a half a game coming into play tonight, fell to Nevada 98-85. That puts Boise State in control of their own destiny—win two games and they capture their first WAC regular season title. Boise State travels to play Hawai'i Saturday night and hosts Utah State next week.

Only two trios in Bronco history have more points in a season than Tiedeman, Larry and Nelson. The trio scored 38 points tonight to give them 1,345 points this year, passing Cory Karl and Nelson and Larry of last season (1,312) and Steve Connor, Danny Jones and Pat Hoke from 1975-76 (1,334). John Coker, Sherman Williams and Steve Shephard (1993-94) and Roberto Bergersen, Mike Tolman and Gerry Washington (1997-98) each scored 1,352 points between them. Tiedeman, Larry and Nelson are just seven points away from the school record.

Larry and Nelson are now the seventh-highest scoring duo in school history with 949 points this season between them. They passed Tanoka Beard & Mike Sanor (928 points) and Chris Childs and Arnell Jones (936 points) tonight.

The high-flying Broncos have now scored 2,290 points this season to rank fourth all-time. The record is 2,431 points set by the 2003-04 Broncos. Boise State hit nine three-pointers tonight to give them 230 on the season and tie the 2005-06 team for second all-time.

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