The Boise State men’s basketball team had a few players come to practice Friday wearing surgical masks as to not get any fellow players sick with a bit of a stomach virus. Before Saturday’s game against San Jose State, a few new ones came donning masks.
Yet the Broncos still came out and won, 76-55 over the Spartans.
“Everybody on our team’s a fighter … we had a little bit of sickness going around, and everyone came out and still fought,” Boise State senior Ryan Watkins said.
Despite the lingering sickness, the Broncos had four scorers in double figures and held the Spartans to 16-of-45 shooting (35.6 percent).
“It was like everybody got it, except for me — that’s a little unnerving,” Rice said.
As the final seconds ticked down Saturday, freshman Dezmyn Trent stood near the 3-point line dribbling, as the shot clock was off. The other players started to wander off the floor, the coaches started shaking hands, but just before the buzzer, Trent fired up a 3-pointer. It went in.
“There’s big thoughts about that,” Rice said. “Me and Dez will have those private discussions. I’ll probably have him give a written apology to (San Jose State coach) Dave Wojcik on that one. I don’t like that. We win with class.”
Another day, another big game for Watkins — he had a season-high 18 points and 16 rebounds Saturday. Rice said the rebounding demon (he’s averaging 14.4 per game in Mountain West play) has also been more of a focus in offensive gameplans lately.
“It’s like ‘throw the dog a bone,’ the dog’s been working hard,” Rice said. “It just neat to watch a kid like this blossom and develop. I’m going to see if I can get a fifth year for him.”
Six times this season, Watkins has pulled down 14 or more rebounds. He has continually set the bar higher, including his 22-rebound showing Tuesday at New Mexico.
“I won’t accept anything else,” junior guard Derrick Marks said with a laugh.
After scoring 19 points Saturday, Marks is No. 13 in school history with 1,107 career points. Fellow junior Anthony Drmic had 10 points, giving him 1,249 career points, good for No. 8 in school history.
They can make you look silly, and they will at times.