Boise State coach Leon Rice said Thursday afternoon he expects senior guard Jeff Elorriaga to play Friday against Simpson at Taco Bell Arena.
Elorriaga took a hit to the head during a practice last week and was held out of last Friday’s 116-87 win over UT Arlington. Last season, Elorriaga missed three games with a concussion, and Rice said the team was being cautious with him. The Broncos’ win was the first in its last 10 games without the sharpshooter in the lineup.
Elorriaga was third on the team last season with 10.2 points per game.
The Broncos’ 116 points against the Mavericks were the second-most in school history, and they could have broken it, but missed a free throw and five of their last six field goals in the final 2:21.
Boise State is 21-3 under Rice when scoring 80 or more points. The 116 points Friday represented the sixth time a Rice team has gone over 100. He said with a wealth of scoring options, the century mark is something attainable frequently this year, along with potential to approach the record again.
“I’m sure they’ll be brushing up against that again … I think watching us at practice, it’s something we do really naturally and easily,” Rice said. “I think we’ll have chances to be around that score again.”
On Thursday, Rice had his first chance to comment publicly on the two signees the team added for next season — 6-foot-6 guard Chandler Hutchison and 6-9 forward David Wacker. Rice praised their potential, expecting big seasons from them this season in high school and expects them to compete to play right away in 2014-15.
“It’s a coup for us to get these kind of quality kids here,” Rice said. “… these are going to be guys with us four or five years that are potential all-league kinds of players.”