Bronco men’s basketball finds tough going inside in loss to UNLV; prep player commits

Boise State made 13 3-pointers on Tuesday night at UNLV, the second-most in a game this season for the team.

Many of those were out of necessity, as the Rebels had the lane effectively sealed off — the Rebels outscored the Broncos 28-14 in the paint and held Boise State forwards Ryan Watkins and Kenny Buckner to three points combined.

“Their athleticism, even when we did the right things, they were able to quickly recover from mistakes with that,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said.

It was the first time this season the Broncos had more than half their field goals come via 3-pointers (13 of their 22).

“We were very fortunate to win, giving up 13,” UNLV coach Dave Rice said.

The Tacoma News Tribune reported Tuesday night that the Broncos picked up a commitment from guard Dezmyn Trent from Foss High in Tacoma. Trent (6-foot-4) averaged 26.9 points per game this season as a senior.

“I think the biggest thing is the opportunity to play right away,” Foss coach Mike Cocke told the newspaper. “They are talking about him playing as a freshman. They are a program on the rise. To go and play in one of the toughest conferences in the country is a big deal.”

According to the story, Trent turned down Seattle University, San Jose State and Idaho while also getting interest from Oregon State. Todd Milles, who wrote the story for the TNT, tweeted later that Trent is “a late bloomer” and that “most feel it is a great fit for his basketball skills.”

Trent, who is expected to sign in April, gives the Broncos three commits for next season, including junior college transfers Darnell Taylor and James Webb. With only one senior on the roster in Kenny Buckner, it’s likely the team is expecting some players, likely on the bench, to play elsewhere next season.

UNLV senior Anthony Marshall scored the go-ahead basket with 3 minutes, 23 seconds to go that caused Derrick Marks to foul out. He had three more points after that, finishing 5-of-6 from the floor for 16 points with five rebounds, seven assists and no turnovers.

“They have some really good experience, Marshall kind of killed us at the end there,” Boise State guard Jeff Elorriaga said.

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