BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Ehab Amin came off the bench to score 23 points and grab a team-high six rebounds to lead Oregon past Boise State 62-50 on Saturday night.
Pat Dembley was the top scorer for Boise State with 13 points thanks to three 3-pointers, tying for his second-highest scoring game of the season. No other Bronco was able to reach double-digit points. Justinian Jessup came away with team highs in rebounds (8), assists (3) and blocks (2).
Boise State (5-8), which lost at home for the only the second time this season, focused successfully on stopping Oregon's Payton Pritchard, who had 19 points in the matchup earlier this season. Pritchard finished with only three points, but Amin was the one victimizing the Broncos.
"We did a great job on Pritchard, that was a big part of our game plan," Boise State coach Leon Rice said. "But it's not like we said we're going to double-team Pritchard. We just didn't make it tough enough on Amin, too."
Amin, a graduate transfer from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, had scored just 21 points in his previous nine games combined.
"We just started hitting a lot more jumpers and that opened things up for me," Amin said. "Then we just started spreading it around. I was just taking what the defense was giving me."
Oregon used a 13-2 run to build a 34-28 lead and, after Boise State briefly took a one-point lead, Amin took over. Amin scored six straight points to give Oregon a 46-37 lead with eight minutes left and all but put the game away.
Paul White added 13 points for Oregon, while Jessup was Boise State's No. 2 scorer with nine.
Boise State will now look ahead to conference play, as they will open the Mountain West season at Wyoming in Laramie, Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. The game will broadcast on Stadium.