Boise State’s Drmic leads Mountain West men in scoring in league games

Boise State men’s basketball sophomore guard/forward Anthony Drmic leads the Mountain West with 18.5 points per game in 13 conference games, shooting 43.7 percent. He has scored 77 points in his last three games, with 65 of those points coming in the second half.

Why is he so good in the last 20 minutes?

“I have no idea,” said Drmic, who had 26 points Wednesday against Nevada. “Teammates are getting me the ball at the right time and I’m attacking the lane at the right time, getting layups, getting and-1s, getting to the free throw line and capitalizing.”

Rice has pointed to Drmic’s willingness to drive to the basket and not settle for 3-pointers as a prime reason why Drmic has taken a step up offensively this season. He scored 9.1 ppg and shot 31.7 percent from the field last season in conference games.

Apparently Nevada did not get the memo.

“We just respected their 3-point shooting too much and didn’t respect them as basketball players and didn’t respect their ability to drive, especially Drmic,” Wolf Pack guard Malik Story said. “He was going by guys and getting right to the basket.”

Junior guard Jeff Elorriaga left the floor with a little more than a minute to play in the first half Wednesday with an arm injury, but returned to play in the second half. He only played seven minutes before pulling himself out of the game, and could be seen holding his arm on the bench.

Rice said it was not cause for concern, adding that it occurred on his non-shooting arm.

“That kid will play with one shoulder if he has to … the prognosis is good,” Rice said. “We could have kept playing him. He was in a little pain, he’ll be sore a couple of days, but he’ll be ready Saturday.”

The Broncos will don their all-black uniforms for Saturday’s 6 p.m. game at Taco Bell Arena against Colorado State. The Rams are by far the national leaders in rebounding margin (plus-12.9 per game). Boise State did fairly well on the boards in their 77-57 loss in Fort Collins on Jan. 30 when the two teams previously met, being outrebounded 39-33.

“It’s just our emphasis, all the time, is rebounding, because we’re not very gifted rebounding-wise, and we have to really, really emphasize it,” Rice said. “We can’t let our thumb off it, ever.”

Boise State outrebounded Nevada 37-21 on Wednesday and have a plus-2.7 per game edge on rebounds in 13 Mountain West games.

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