Men's Basketball

Broncos End Non-Conference Slate at SMU

Dec. 16, 2017

Boise State (10-1) at SMU (8-3)
Monday, Dec. 18 | 7 p.m. (MT)
Dallas, Texas | Moody Coliseum
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Boise State (10-1) will conclude the non-conference season with a game at SMU (8-3), Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. (MT) in Dallas, Texas. The Broncos will take their six-game winning streak on the road to Moody Coliseum, a place where the Mustangs have won 29-straight home games - the second-longest active streak in the nation.

BACK ON TV: Monday's game will air on ESPNU with Drew Fellios and Sean Harrington on the call. The game is the fourth of 11 games that Boise State will play on ESPN Networks this season.

LISTEN: Radio coverage of Monday's game will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with 670 AM KBOI serving as the flagship station.

ABOUT SMU: The Mustangs are led by junior guard Shake Milton, averaging team bests in points (18.8 avg.) and assists (4.5 avg.). Four other players average double-digit points and round out a well-balanced SMU offense - No. 22 in the nation in assists per game (18.2 avg.).

The all-time series between the two teams is tied at 5-5 with Boise State winning the previous matchup last season at Taco Bell Arena (Nov. 30, 2016) in a 71-62 victory.

10-1 RECORD: The Broncos (10-1) come into Monday riding an 11-game opening stretch that ties for the best start to a season in school history. The only other time Boise State started a season 11-1 was the 1987-88 campaign.

LEXUS DOES IT AGAIN: The senior guard provided more late-game heroics in hitting an NBA-range, game-tying 3-pointer with three seconds remaining in regulation to send the Broncos into overtime against Grand Canyon with the score tied at 63-63.

The shot came just 12 days after he hit the game-winning half-court shot at the buzzer to give Boise State the 73-70 win at Oregon (Dec. 1).

Lexus Williams' shot against Grand Canyon was the third game-tying or game-winning play from the Broncos this season, as Chandler Hutchison also converted a go-ahead 3-point play on a layup against UTEP (Nov. 16), putting Boise State ahead 58-56.

DOUBLE OVERTIME WIN: The Broncos' 85-80 win over Grand Canyon was the first double overtime victory for the program since defeating Montana at home, 76-67, on Nov. 18, 2014. The team's last double overtime contest was a 97-93 loss at Colorado State on Feb. 10, 2016.

Boise State is 7-7 in overtime games under head coach Leon Rice.

ANOTHER LEVEL FOR HUTCH: With his 27 points and 11 rebounds against Grand Canyon, Hutchison moved into a tie for first place in program history with 10 career 20-point, 10-rebound games, joining Reggie Larry (2007-08). The senior's 16 career double-doubles is seventh in the school record book, as well.

Hutchison has recorded four-straight 20-point, 10-rebound games, amassing 91 points and 43 rebounds in his last four outings.

The Mission Viejo, Calif., native is also still just one of three players in the nation who is currently averaging 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game.

Hutchison also became Boise State's 28th player to eclipse the career 1,000-point threshold with 27 against Grand Canyon, giving him 1,012 career points.

STIFLING DEFENSE: With the omission of the double overtime game against Grand Canyon, Boise State had held each of its previous 10 opponents to under 80 points and possesses a scoring defense average of 62.5 point per game - No. 1 in the Mountain West and No. 26 in the nation.

DEFENSIVE GLASS: Boise State has been outstanding all year on cleaning up the glass on the defensive end. The team is No. 5 in the NCAA averaging 31.5 defensive rebounds per game with Hutchison leading the way with 7.8 defensive rebounds per game - No. 15 individual in the nation.

HUGE SOPHOMORE JUMP: Justinian Jessup averaging 3.73 threes per game (No. 9 in nation) while making them at a 53.2 percent clip (No. 7 in nation) only begins to tell the story of how much he has improvement he has made from his freshman to sophomore seasons.

After averaging 7.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game as a freshman, Jessup is now first (15.5 ppg) and third (5.6 rpg) on the team in the two categories while also leading the team in minutes (29.5 mpg).

Fellow sophomore Alex Hobbs has also made significant improvements as his 119 points through 11 games in 2017-18 surpasses his 118 points accumulated in playing in 26 games last season in 2016-17. He is fourth on the team in scoring at 10.8 ppg.

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