Boise State took the upper hand on third place in the Western Athletic Conference with a 104-92 victory over New Mexico State Monday night.
Boise State (18-10, 8-6) swept the Aggies (15-14, 8-7) and
leapfrogged them into third a week before the WAC Tournament in
Jamar Green had a career-high 19 points as one of six Boise
players in double figures, but it was Broncos senior forward Mark
Sanchez who was too much for the Aggies.
Sanchez and the Broncos big men helped put Boise State up 80-64
with 8:22 left to play.
Sanchez was limited to five minutes in the first half with foul
trouble, but he scored nine of his 13 points during a stretch where
the Broncos outscored NMSU 23-14 during a seven-minute stretch
early in the second half.
NMSU got to within seven with 1:36 to play, but it was as close
as the Aggies would come, losing their second straight.
Boise State outrebounded NMSU 36-34 and 17-13 on the offensive
glass, scoring 44 points in the paint and 17 second-chance points.
Jahmar Young had 24 points to lead the Aggies and Jonathan
Gibson added 21.
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