Quad one Wins Galore: Boise State’s Basketball Triumph in a Week of Formidable Opponents

Corissa Campbell | The Arbiter

In an exhilarating four-day stretch, Boise State basketball has not only put themselves on the map but has also ignited conversations about the Mountain West title and a potential third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. 

The pivotal moment came with a decisive victory over No. 17 Colorado State University, setting off a series of events that would solidify the Broncos’ position in the basketball landscape.

The journey continued as the Broncos traveled to Nevada to face the Wolf Pack, who were eager to showcase a big crowd at the Lawlor Events Center, the largest of the season. 

However, Boise State had other plans, ensuring that the enthusiastic Nevada fans left disappointed.

In front of 10,191 spectators, the Broncos handed Nevada its first home loss of the season with a 64-56 triumph on Friday night. The win propelled Boise State to an impressive 3-0 in the Mountain West, while Nevada dropped to 2-1 in the conference.

What makes this victory even more remarkable is that the Broncos secured two quad one wins in just a span of four days, defeating both No. 17 Colorado State and Nevada, who has been previously unbeaten in conference play. 

With two quad one wins under their belt, the NCAA Tournament hopes are not too far away from their grasp. 

Despite Nevada’s efforts to limit Boise State’s shooting efficiency, holding them to 41.2 percent from the field and 22.7 percent from behind the arc, the Broncos’ defensive power and rebounding dominance frustrated the Wolf Pack.

Trailing by 10 points with 12:41 remaining, Nevada mounted a comeback and closed within two points multiple times. However, Boise State’s resilience and clutch free throws down the stretch secured the victory.

A key factor in Boise State’s success was their dominance on the boards, out rebounding Nevada 43-24, including an 11-2 advantage on offensive rebounds. Nevada head coach, Steve Alford, was quick to point to this as the decisive difference in the game, emphasizing the Broncos’ ability to capitalize on second-chance opportunities.

Tyson Degenhart led the Broncos’ scoring with an impressive 20 points, supported by Roddie Anderson and Chibuzo Agbo with 12 points each and Max Rice contributing 10. 

Boise State has been showing off an incredibly balanced scoring attack, which is much more evenly distributed than last season.

As the game concluded, Boise State’s strong defensive presence became even more evident. 

The Broncos, ranked third in the Mountain West in scoring defense, held the Pack to an even lower score than their season average. Going into the matchup allowing opponents an average of 65.3 points per game. 

Though it is too early in conference play to determine a clear winner, there is no doubt that early on the Broncos have solidified their standing in the Mountain West conference.

Boise State’s journey to the top of the Mountain West continues as they return to ExtraMile Arena on Jan. 16 to face University of Nevada, Las Vegas as they look to continue their 22 game home win streak. 

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