FRESNO, Calif. –
La’Shard Anderson scored a career-high 33 points, leading the Boise State men’s basketball team to a 70-56 win over Fresno State Thursday at the Save Mart Center.
Anderson, who scored his 33 points on just 14 attempts, knocked down 11 field goals – including four 3-pointers – and went 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
The Broncos (16-11, 8-6 WAC) captured their first road win over the Bulldogs since a 90-89 overtime victory Jan. 28, 2008, and won for just the second time in the last seven trips to Fresno, Calif.
Boise State started just 4-of-17 from the floor, but the Bulldogs were only able to capitalize to the tune of a seven-point advantage. Anderson kept Fresno State from running away in the opening half, scoring 17 of the team’s first 22 points.
The Broncos made nine of their final 11 shots of the half, and finally grabbed their first lead with 1:12 remaining in the half (31-29).
They didn’t let go.
Anderson continued to inflict damage in the opening minutes of the second half, scoring five of the team’s first nine points.
The Broncos held Fresno State to just four points in the first 10 minutes of the second stanza, and Boise State built as much as an 18-point lead while cruising to victory.
With his three steals against the Bulldogs, Anderson moved into second place on the Broncos’ career steals list (186), passing Doug Usitalo (185; 1986-88). Anderson is playing in just his third season with Boise State, and only Chris Childs (215; 1985-89) recorded more steals during his Bronco career.
The Broncos continue their road trip at Nevada Saturday. The game will be televised live by the WAC Sports Network, and tip-off is scheduled for 8:35 p.m. (MT).