The Broncos defeat Air Force and move to 17-9 overall


Leading scorer Derrick Alston had not scored in double-digits for two games. That changed when the Air Force Falcons came to ExtraMile Arena. 

On Feb. 11, Alston finished the night with 15 points and, after five long periods, Alston found his momentum again.

“I believe that momentum is real, especially with shooters because so much of shooting is confidence at this level…,” said head coach Leon Rice. “They just get more consistent as they get older and they have more confidence, knowing that they can work through it. That’s something that I’m working on with Derrick and he’s getting better and better at it.”

The Broncos defeated the Falcons 74-57. The Falcons have not won in Boise since 2012.

Justinian Jessup on the court at the Boise State vs. Air Force game.

Photo by Mackenzie Hudson.

In a game that featured a first half where the Broncos shot at 34% from the field at 15% from the 3-point range, they were eventually able to turn things around. Five Broncos finished with over five points and three Broncos scored in double-digits. 

After a late game surge, Justinian Jessup led the Broncos with 18 points and had the play of the game: an under-the-hoop layup.  

Jessup’s 18 points brought him to 400 points on the season, making Jessup and Alston the fifth pair of teammates to score over 400 points in back-to-back seasons. 

“Because both of us are really smart players, we see the game very well and I think we just kinda know where we’re at…,” Alston said. “I think we just really play well together. We got really good synergy and just know where each other [are]at.”

RJ Williams had an impressive night of his own, going 5-for-6 with 16 points without attempting a single 3-pointer. 

“[It was] just playing hard,” Williams said. “We did it every day in practice, just practicing the basic stuff and just playing hard and trusting my teammates and just doing my job.”

Abu Kigab returned to action on Wednesday night after missing two games due to a hip pointer. Kigab went 0-4 from the 3-point range, but despite this, he ended with six points.

“Having [Kigab] out a few games, you know we really needed him, really missed him,” Williams said. “Just having all of our soldiers there with us to fight the war, it’s just amazing.” 

The Broncos have won six of their last seven games and are set to take on No. 4 San Diego State on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.

“It’s a big opportunity. We know that, but we’re not gonna put too much or too little on the game,” Alston said. “We just gotta come out, do what we do. It’s all about us at the end of the day and we’re hoping that Bronco nation and Boise comes out and supports, and it’ll be a special atmosphere.”


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