Men's Basketball

Bronco Men Win Fifth-Straight to Open Season

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Robert Arnold scored 22 points to lead Boise State to a 65-52 victory over Denver Saturday night.

Arnold was 6-of-10 from the field and has scored 20 points or more three times this season, matching his total for 20-point games from all of last season.

Arnold's hot hand has helped the Broncos (5-0) get off to their best start since opening 6-0 in 1997-98, the best start by Boise State in school history.

Denver scored first, but the Broncos didn't trail for long. Boise State tied the game two minutes in, grabbed its first lead a minute later and never let go.

The Broncos took control midway through the first half and led by as many as 13 points. Denver cut the lead to seven twice in the second half, but each time the Broncos responded and rebuilt a double-digit lead.

The Broncos also got 13 points and six rebounds from Zach Moritz and 10 points from Westly Perryman. Moritz has scored in double figures in back-to-back games, the first time in his career he has accomplished the feat.

Denver's Chase Hallam led all scorers with 26 points. The Pioneers (1-5) outshot Boise State, hitting 45.9 percent compared to the Broncos' 41.5 percent.

But the Bronco defense forced 17 turnovers, had seven steals and scored 24 points off Pioneer miscues. Boise State also won the rebounding battle for the fifth time in as many games this season.

Boise State will head to Dekalb, Ill., for a match-up with Northern Illinois, Monday. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. (MT).

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