Men's Basketball

Broncos Rout Mountaineers in Opener

Box Score Nov. 11, 2017

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (1-0) dominated from the tip in its season-opening game and took care of Eastern Oregon to a tune of 104-65 Friday night at Taco Bell Arena. On a night when 13 Broncos saw the court, it was Alex Hobbs stealing the show with a career-high 21 points.

The sophomore was extremely efficient in his scoring, as he went a perfect 9-for-9 from the field in 25 minutes of play. The flawless effort from the field makes him just the third Bronco in school history to finish a game with a perfect field goal percentage with at least nine shot attempts. He is now linked with Tanoka Beard (10-10 / March 3, 1991) and Mark Sanchez (9-9 / Nov. 14, 2008) in the Boise State record book.

"Honestly, I took it like every other game, trying to come out aggressive," Hobbs said. "My teammates really got me good shots. I didn't take a shot out there where I didn't feel comfortable, you know. I was getting wide-open threes because the guys were pitching it out, and I was driving lanes off of our ball movement. I really just attribute it to that, but I felt good and confident about every shot I took."

The Broncos had three other players join Hobbs in double digits as Chandler Hutchison (20), Justinian Jessup (15) and Chris Sengfelder (15) also excelled offensively.

The Blue and Orange rained in 17 threes against the Mountaineers with eight players connecting from deep. The 17 threes and 104 total points scored was the best offensive output for the Broncos since last season's 98-70 victory on the road against Air Force on March 4.

"We're a pretty good shooting team and at times can be really good because all of the guys who can shoot it, and that's hard to guard," head coach Leon Rice said after the game. "When you get it moving and make the right decisions, you're going to get good shots. We did a way better job of that tonight. When you have a team that can quickly fix something you address, that's a really good sign."

Boise State opened the game on a 10-2 run thanks in part to a pair of triples from Sengfelder. Boise State eventually reached the half with a 50-28 lead thanks to 15 and 14 points from Sengfelder and Hobbs, respectively, in the first 20 minutes.

The scoring blitz continued into the second half as Hutchison knocked down a trio of threes in the first eight minutes while Jessup added on two of his own in the next two minutes of play.

The Broncos held a 20-point lead for the first 10 minutes of the second half, but a 20-5 run over the course of eight minutes late in the second half officially cued the rout.

The Broncos outrebounded the Mountaineers 41-26 and tallied 21 assists - six of which came from Hutchison. Sengfelder and Hutchison led the way on the boards with nine and eight, respectively.

Casdon Jardine (9 points) and Cam Christon (8 points) both excelled in their Bronco debuts. Malek Harwell also chipped in a career-high five points.

Boise State will play its first Division I opponent of the season Sunday when Southern Utah comes to Taco Bell Arena for a 2 p.m. matinee.

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