LAS VEGAS, Nev. –
The Boise State men’s basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament, defeating New Mexico State 81-63 in a semifinal match-up at Orleans Arena, Friday.
The Broncos had six different players score in double figures, led by senior La’Shard Anderson and freshman Ryan Watkins, who tied for the game high with 16. Freshman Jeff Elorriaga scored a career-high 12 points, seniors Robert Arnold and Daequon each added 11 and senior Paul Noonan scored 10.
Anderson also tied his career high with nine assists, the most by a Bronco in a WAC Tournament game.
The Broncos (20-11) will be making their third appearance in the WAC Tournament Championship, and will square off against Utah State (29-3) in the finals. Only Utah State (five) and Nevada (four) have more championship game appearances since the Broncos joined the league prior to the 2001-02 season.
The Broncos led for the entire game - the first time in a conference tournament game since accomplishing the feat against Tulsa, March 8, 2005 - and led by as many as 24 points, the team’s largest lead in a WAC Tournament game.
Tip-off against the Aggies is scheduled for 8 p.m. (MT), and the game will be televised live on ESPN2.