Mark Sanchez scored 14 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead Boise State in a 57-48 victory over Eastern Washington on Monday night.
Sophomore Paul Noonan added 14 points for Boise State (9-3) of
the Western Athletic Conference.
Eastern Washington (7-6, 1-0 Big Sky) was led by guard Benny
Valentine with 13 points. Center Brandon Moore added 12, but could
only convert on two of eight from the free-throw line. Moore led
the Eagles with 9 rebounds.
Eastern Washington took an early 8-4 lead but Boise State tied
the score at 11.
The Broncos then held Eastern Washington scoreless for more than
8 minutes while building a 23-11 lead midway through the first
The Eagles narrowed the Boise State lead to 25-22 with 4:46 left
in the half, but the Broncos led 32-22 at halftime.
Boise State built its largest lead of the game at the midway
mark in the second half, pulling in front 50-32 on a field goal by
Sanchez. The Broncos maintained that spread until the final two
minutes when the Eagles were able to narrow the lead to single
digits at the buzzer.
Boise State took advantage of abysmal shooting by the Eagles
from the field and the free-throw line to advance its
pre-conference record to 9-3 in preparation for its Western
Athletic Conference season opener at Hawaii on Saturday.
Eastern Washington hit 31 percent from the field, including just
four of 17 3-pointers, and only 6 of 14 from the free-throw line.
The Eagles committed 15 turnovers.
Boise State hit 42 percent from the field, but only 2 of 11 on
3-pointers, and turned the ball over 14 times.
The Eagles beat the Broncos on the boards, outrebounding BSU
43-32. But the Broncos were able to score on breakaways, recording
13 fast-break points compared with just 2 for the Eagles.
The Eagles resume Big Sky Conference play Friday at Northern