Broncos Clinch WAC Tournament Bid

Yesterday's 85-56 victory over San Jose State has Bronco fans wondering why Boise State doesn't have more wins this season. Paul Noonan scored 15 points to lead the Broncos to the win and a berth in next week's WAC Tournament.

Sharpshooter Paul Noonan fired in 15 points and had five assists as Boise State coasted to an easy 85-56 win yesterday in Taco Bell Arena in Boise over San Jose State , the #6 seed in next week's Western Athletic Conference Tournament.

Noonan now has 144 treys in his Bronco career, #8 all-time.  He is now just four three-pointers away from tying Coby Karl for 10th place on the single-season list.  Karl had 67 five seasons ago. 

Anthony Thomas, one of four Bronco seniors saluted prior to tip-off, scored seven points to make him the 19th player in school history to score 1,000 points.  Thomas also led Boise State with five rebounds.

Boise State , 15-16 overall but just 5-11 in the WAC, still has a chance for a .500 season but must win at least two games in the tournament. 

Noonan broke open a close game by hitting two howitzers from outside to lead Boise State on a 13-3 run with 7:50 left in the first half.  The Broncos built a 43-26 halftime lead.

Robert Arnold had 14 points and a career-high four blocked shots while Ike Okoye and Daequon Montreal hit 12 points each.  La'Shard Anderson had five steals, giving him the WAC lead with 82 and moving him into second place at Boise State for a single season.  Anderson also tied Noonan for the team lead with five assists.

The Bronco defense held Adrian Oliver, the WAC's #1 scorer, to just 12 points.  Robert Owens contributed 10 points for the Spartans and Chris Oakes grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds.

Thomas is just three steals away from #3 Gerry Washington, who had 179 career steals.  He is just nine away from tying defensive stalwart Doug Usitalo, who had an incredible 185 steals in his brief but stellar Bronco career.  Thomas and Anderson are just 10 assists shy of tying Karl for 10th in season assists with 125.

Okoye, who is #2 all-time with 60 blocks last season, is currently sixth with 45 rejections this season.  He is three blocks shy of tying Bronco great Bruce Bolden (1981-1985) for fourth place in career blocks with 108. 

Kurt Cunningham hit three-of-six from the field.  Cunningham is still over 60% shooting at 60.6% (100-165).  The intelligent star from Indiana has hit 302-of-504 shots in his Bronco career for 59.9%.  He is now ahead of Danny Jones, who helped Boise State to a Big Sky Conference title in 1976.  Jones hit 59.4% (406-684) from 1975-1978 and currently is #5 all-time at Boise State in field goal percentage.  Cunningham is also well ahead of legendary great Tanoka Beard (58.7% from 1989-1993).  

Cunningham is also tied with Jones for 8th in single-season field goal percentage.  Jones was 140-231 in the 1977-78 season.

Boise State , as the #8 seed in the tournament, faces #1 seed Utah State Thursday at Noon in Reno , Nevada , once again the site for this year's postseason action.  The game will be televised live on ESPNU.

 

Game 31

Boise State 85, San Jose State 56

Saturday, March 6, 2010  

Official Basketball Box Score -- Game Totals -- Final Statistics

SJSU 56 • 14-16, 6-10 WAC

Total 3-Ptr Rebounds

## Player FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA Off Def Tot PF TP A TO Blk Stl Min

30 Oakes, Chris c 3-6 0-0 3-4 3 12 15 4 9 1 1 2 0 33

02 Oliver, Adrian g 4-12 1-4 3-3 2 2 4 3 12 3 4 0 0 31

05 Graham, Justin g 3-6 0-0 3-6 0 3 3 3 9 4 3 0 1 33

23 Owens, Robert g 4-11 2-9 0-0 0 0 0 0 10 1 1 0 0 25

33 Peterson, Mac g 2-9 2-6 0-0 0 1 1 1 6 0 1 0 0 30

04 Thomas, Kyle 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

10 Moor, Aalim 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3

22 Webster, C.J. 3-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 2 6 1 3 0 1 24

24 Jones, Chris 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 7

32 Henson, Joe 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 6

35 Dixon , Anthony 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 5

Team 3 1 4

Totals 21-54 5-19 9-13 9 21 30 15 56 10 16 2 2 20 0

FG % 1st Half: 10-30 33.3%

3FG % 1st Half: 3-10 30.0%

FT % 1st Half: 3-3 100.0

2nd half: 11-24 45.8%

2nd half: 2-9 22.2%

2nd half: 6-10 60.0%

Game: 21-54 38.9%

Game: 5-19 26.3%

Game: 9-13 69.2%

Deadball

Rebounds

3,1

Boise State 85 • 15-16, 5-11 WAC

Total 3-Ptr Rebounds

## Player FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA Off Def Tot PF TP A TO Blk Stl Min

03 Okoye, Ike f 6-12 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 1 12 2 1 1 0 27

21 Arnold , Robert f 5-9 1-4 3-5 1 1 2 1 14 3 1 4 2 27

50 Cunningham, Kurt c 3-6 0-0 0-1 0 3 3 3 6 3 0 0 1 20

11 Thomas, Anthony g 3-7 1-3 0-0 1 4 5 3 7 3 0 0 1 31

14 Larsen, Nate g 0-2 0-1 1-2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 5

02 Montreal , Daequon 5-7 1-1 1-3 2 2 4 1 12 2 2 0 0 22

04 Salzwedel, Justin 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5

24 Anderson, La'Shard 4-7 0-2 3-4 1 2 3 2 11 5 2 1 5 26

25 Noonan, Paul 5-7 5-7 0-0 0 4 4 0 15 5 1 0 1 25

30 Young, Tyler 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 2

32 Moritz, Zack 2-4 0-0 1-1 1 0 1 1 5 1 0 0 0 10

Team 3 4 7

Totals 34-64 8-20 9-16 11 25 36 13 85 24 7 6 10 200

FG % 1st Half: 18-30 60.0%

3FG % 1st Half: 5-11 45.5%

FT % 1st Half: 2-5 40.0%

2nd half: 16-34 47.1%

2nd half: 3-9 33.3%

2nd half: 7-11 63.6%

Game: 34-64 53.1%

Game: 8-20 40.0%

Game: 9-16 56.3%

Deadball

Rebounds

4

Officials: Rick Batsell, Duane Allen, Casey McClellin

Technical fouls: SJSU-None. Boise State -None.

Attendance: 3142

Score by periods 1st 2nd Total

SJSU 26 30 56

Boise State 43 42 85

In Off 2nd Fast

Points Paint T/O Chance Break Bench

SJSU 20 8 6 2 10

BSU 44 23 11 16 45

Last FG - SJSU 2nd-02:38, BSU 2nd-01:16.

Largest lead - SJSU by 1 1st-16:49, BSU by 29 2nd-00:28.

Score tied - 1 time.

Lead changed - 4 times.

 


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