Box Score Nov. 28, 2017
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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State (6-1) dismantled Loyola (7-1) Tuesday at Taco Bell Arena and cruised to the 87-53 win in the Mountain West/Missouri Challenge game. The Broncos carried over the momentum from a 34-8 run to end the game last Saturday against Loyola Marymount into tonight's game-opening 11-0 start against the Ramblers.
The 34-point victory is the largest margin of victory over a Division 1 opponent since Boise State defeated San Jose State by 50, 86-36 (Jan. 21, 2015). The Broncos are now a perfect 25-0 in November games at home under head coach Leon Rice.
The win over the Ramblers improves the Broncos to 4-1 in MW/MV Challenge games. At 6-1, Boise State is off to its best seven-game start since they were undefeated to open the 2013-14 season.
Boise State utilized a trifecta of stellar defense, strong rebounding, and lights-out shooting from beyond the arc. The Broncos made 16 treys - tied for fourth most in a single game in school history.
Five Broncos scored in double figures, led by Justinian Jessup's 20 points - his second-consecutive 20-point game, and fourth of his career. Jessup, making only his second start of the season, was nearly perfect from beyond the arc, shooting six-of-seven.
"I guess I'm just getting open and my teammates are finding me," Jessup said. "Coach is drawing some great plays. I'm the beneficiary of great ball movement. I try not to really think about it - I just try to play the game."
Alex Hobbs was second on the team with 14 points, followed by Zach Haney with 13. Lexus Williams (12) and Chris Sengfelder (10) also reached double-figures. The last time Boise State had five players score in double-figures was last season against Air Force (March 4, 2017).
Sengfelder added 12 rebounds for his first double-double as a member of the Blue and Orange.
"That's what you have to have, and that's how we play and who we are as a team," Rice said. "We want to be elite ball movers, and that's what we looked like . . . we had some strange lineups because all the foul trouble in the first half, and it didn't seem to matter as far as the way we were playing. They were a little bit of interchangeable parts. We had nine guys make threes . . . that's pretty good. That's what we want - a lot of weapons."
Boise State will continue its nonconference slate with a rubber match against Oregon, Friday. Boise State opened the three-game series with a 74-72 win at Taco Bell Arena (Dec. 12, 2015), but Oregon came from behind to win last year's contest in Eugene, 68-63 (Nov. 12, 2016).
Tip-off from Matthew Knight Arena is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (MT).