The Broncos are tied for 14th nationally with 11.3 steals per game. They had 13 in Tuesday’s win over Seattle. After their 17-9 advantage over the Redhawks in points off turnovers, the Broncos have outscored opponents 75-18 on points off turnovers this season.
Not only is Boise State making opponents pay for turning the ball over, the Broncos also have not been giving up many opportunities. They had six turnovers Tuesday (two in the final 45 seconds), and have only 30 on the season.
“The veteran team we are, we can’t turn the ball over,” junior Anthony Drmic said.
Drmic had 25 points Tuesday to give him 988 for his career. He likely will hit the 1,000-point mark Saturday at New Orleans. If he should, he would become the 23rd Bronco to hit the milestone. At his current clip, he should have a good shot at breaking Tanoka Beard’s school record of 1,944.
Jeff Elorriaga, who had 21 points Tuesday, now has 163 career 3-pointers, tied for seventh in Boise State history. Coby Karl has the record, with 266.
Seattle coach Cameron Dollar had some good things to say about the Broncos after his team’s 86-68 loss.
He had high praise for Mikey Thompson, which I included in my game story here.
Here’s more from Dollar:
“I don’t think anybody is going to come in here and stop them from scoring. I think you have to capitalize on the times that you do stop them, and then you have to score. I thought that we needed to score with them more, I thought we had the ability to do that, and we came up short. Again, I think that’s credit to them and their defense. The one thing that goes underrated I think with them is those are some tough son-of-a-guns. Drmic, Hadziomerovic, Elorriaga, and Marks, I mean those guys are tough. I think you have to tip your hat off to them for how tough they are, that’s a credit for them.”
The Broncos will head onto the road Saturday for the first time this season at New Orleans (10 a.m., ESPN3). The Privateers are 1-1, coming off an 81-54 loss to LSU on Tuesday. Boise State beat New Orleans 67-51 in Las Vegas last Dec. 23.