Boise State Stomps San Jose State

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Anthony Thomas scored a game-high 19 points
Thursday night to lead Boise State to an 84-64 victory over San
Jose State.

Thomas, a junior point guard, had six assists and hit three
consecutive 3-pointers in the second half.

Mark Sanchez added 14 points and Ike Okoye contributed 12 points and a team-high six rebounds in the victory. Kurt Cunningham contributed 10 points for the Broncos (11-3, 2-0 Western Athletic Conference).

Tim Pierce led San Jose State (6-7, 0-3) with 14 points and Justin Graham had 12 points and four assists.

The Broncos extended their winning streak to five games and improved to 18-1 against San Jose State in WAC play.

Boise State built a 24-point lead in the first half, 46-22, but San Jose State closed to within six points, 56-50, with just under 12 minutes remaining in the game. Thomas responded with the three consecutive 3-pointers and Shawn Rouse added a layup to push the Broncos' margin to 67-50.

Boise State didn't led the Spartans back in the game, using a 13-4 run to extend its lead to 26 points, 80-54, with 4:10 remaining.

Boise State shot 54 percent for the game, while San Jose State made 36.2 percent of its shots from the floor, including just 27.3 percent in the first half.

The Broncos had seven steals and converted the Spartans' 14 turnovers to score 22 points.

San Jose State out-rebounded Boise State 39-32, but struggled at the free-throw line, making six of 22 attempts. Boise State hit on eight of its 18 free-throw tries.

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