Broncos’ bench steps up again in win over Nevada

With sophomore Mikey Thompson still a bit hobbled by a bruised knee, the rest of the Boise State Broncos’ bench came up big Tuesday in their 74-65 win at Nevada.

Thompson, who was averaging 9.3 points per game, played seven first-half minutes, scoring three points. Still, the bench contributed plenty as freshman Nick Duncan had 10 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes, and senior Thomas Bropleh had eight points and five rebounds in 24 minutes. True freshman Dezmyn Trent played two minutes in the first half, his first action since playing one minute Dec. 23 against South Carolina.

“That’s big for us — we have to develop that,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said. “You can’t survive an 18-game conference schedule with five or six guys.”

Boise State currently has the No. 9 scorer in school history (Anthony Drmic – 1,220 points), No. 18 scorer (Derrick Marks – 1,050) and No. 6 rebounder (Ryan Watkins – 612). Drmic and Marks are juniors, Watkins a senior.

Here are a couple links from Tuesday night:
My game story on the Broncos ending their two-game losing streak with a balanced effort.
Chris Murray from the Reno Gazette-Journal’s column.
Dan Hinxman of the RGJ on the Broncos’ defense against the Wolf Pack.

Boise State clamped down on Nevada senior Deonte Burton, the reigning Mountain West player of the week, holding him to seven points on 1-of-8 shooting. It was his lowest scoring output since Dec. 28, 2012, a span of 35 games. He had not scored fewer than 16 points in a game this season.

“He’s a phenomenal player, and that was a big key in us winning,” Drmic said. “He’s probably the best player in transition I’ve seen in a long time. The way he runs the floor is amazing. It wasn’t just on stopping him, it was the help, stopping him from driving and getting those baskets.”

The Broncos also kept forward AJ West at bay — the 6-9 junior had just one rebound, three points and a block in 21 minutes. His rebounding and scoring totals were the lowest in the seven games he has played, while he came into Tuesday’s game averaging 2.3 blocks per game.

“They had a good game plan against us,” Nevada coach David Carter said after the game. “I thought they did a good job of rebounding, clogging up the driving lanes.”

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