Boise State men’s basketball hosted the Lewis-Clark State College Warriors on Friday in an 80-52 win. Friday night’s game was the Broncos lone exhibition game before they open up the regular season at Taco Bell Arena on Nov. 8 against The University of Texas at Arlington.
“This will be really good for us,” Boise State head coach Leon Rice said. “We have to get a lot better before we play Texas-Arlington next Friday.”
Senior forward Ryan Watkins led the Broncos with 15 points on the night. He also pulled down seven rebounds.
Watkins got off to a hot start, scoring 12 of the Broncos first 14 points on the night to give the Broncos an early lead. They would never look back.
“It was definitely fun to get out and get it back going in front of the fans,” Watkins said. “It’s fun to get it started.”
Junior guard Igor Hadziomerovic was close behind Watkins on the night, scoring 13 of his own. He pulled down three rebounds and handed out one assist.
Lewis-Clark came into Friday’s game scoring over 100 points in each of their previous four exhibition games.
After scoring 29 points in the first half and hanging with the Broncos for the majority of the game, the Warriors were held to just 23 second half points. The Broncos ran away with the game in the second half.
“They’re a great shooting team, can’t take that away from them,” Hadziomerovic said. “We just had to knuckle down on defense.”
Boise State drew their largest crowd, 3,467, for an exhibition game in Rice’s era. With a game under their belt, the Broncos will have a week to prepare for their regular season opener.
“I felt like it went the way you needed it to go,” Rice said. “We got to play everybody and I think we got a lot accomplished tonight.”