Rice praises Broncos’ stellar shooting; turnovers turning into points (w/video)

In Boise State’s 110-53 win over Simpson on Friday night, the Broncos hit 15-of-25 3-pointers. Jeff Elorriaga was 7-of-8, Nick Duncan was 4-of-5, while Joey Nebeker, Dezmyn Trent, Anthony Drmic and Igor Hadziomerovic each had one.

“There’s a lot of teams that can’t do that in warmups,” Rice said. “I don’t care who you’re playing, where you are, that’s hard to do.”

The 15 3-pointers made were one shy of the school record of 16 3-pointers made, set Dec. 21, 2004 against Elon, when the Broncos were 16-of-30.

Boise State forced 21 turnovers while giving it away 14 times. However, the Broncos capitalized nearly every time they took the ball away, and when it was taken, they held tough on the other end.
The Broncos outscored the Red Hawks 35-4 on points off turnovers.

In the season-opening 116-87 win over UT Arlington last Friday, the Broncos held a slim 12-10 advantage in the turnover department, but outscored the Mavericks 23-5 in points off those turnovers.

“The big thing for us, getting stops, that’s what gets us into the runouts,” Elorriaga said. “That was the key (Friday), we get a turnover, throw it ahead, layup, dunk, 3.”

If there is anything the Broncos will focus on that needs to be fixed from Friday, it’s free throws.
Boise State made 23-of-36 free throws, a 63.9 percent clip. That’s a step below the 73.7 percent rate the Broncos made from the line last season.

“I’m sure Sunday morning we’ll be shooting free throws,” Elorriaga said. “… I don’t think that will happen again, and it shouldn’t.”

Next up for the Broncos is a Tuesday home game against Seattle, which Boise State defeated 87-64 on the road last Dec. 2. The Redhawks are 1-1 with a loss to Washington and a win over Cal State Fullerton. They host Evergreen State on Saturday.

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