Boise State Set To Host LMU
Nov. 23, 2017
Boise State (4-1) vs. Loyola Marymount (3-1)
BLACK FRIDAY TICKET DEAL: Tickets for Saturday’s game against LMU can be purchased at a discounted $7 rate on Black Friday (Nov. 24). The sale will be available for 24 hours and online only. Visit boi.st/2017mbbblackfriday and use the promo code FRIDAY.
WATCH: The game will air on the Mountain West Network.
LISTEN: Radio coverage of Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the Bronco Radio Network, with 670 KBOI serving as the flagship station. Chris Lewis will handle play-by-play duties.
ABOUT LOYOLA MARYMOUNT: The Lions have won three-straight games including a recent 91-87 road win at Incarnate Word Wednesday night. LMU is averaging 84.8 point per game with junior guard James Batemon and freshman forward Eli Scott leading the way averaging 19.0 and 16.3 points per game, respectively.
THE SERIES: Boise State holds a 6-2 advantage in the all-time series between the two teams. The Broncos won the matchup last season at LMU in an 80-79 victory on Dec. 5, 2016. Chandler Hutchison (17 points) and Justinian Jessup (13 points) were the top Bronco scorers in that game.
ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Chandler Hutchison and Chris Sengfelder were both named to the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach All-Tournament. Hutchison averaged 14.5 points and 13 rebounds over the course of the first two games before leaving the championship game early on in the first half. Sengfelder led the team in scoring over the course of three games, averaging 12.7 ppg. The graduate transfer also knocked down a team-best eight 3-pointers in the three games.
Hutchison was named to the 2016 Charleston Classic All-Tournament Team last season, as well.
RESILIENT BUNCH: The Broncos rallied back from a 24-point deficit in the second half against Iowa State in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach Championship game to make it a four-point game (64-60) with 2:34 to play, but the Cyclones did just enough to hang on to their lead. Boise State cut the deficit to four points on two occasions in the second half (2:34 and 1:38 remaining), but Iowa State’s Donovan Jackson answered with a basket each time.
CRASH THE BOARDS: Both individually and as a team, there were several standout efforts on the glass the last week in Myrtle Beach. Hutchison pulled down 18 rebounds against Illinois State– the second most by an individual in tournament history – and the team outrebounded the Redbirds 57-27 for the program’s biggest rebounding margin (+30) in nearly five years. Justinian Jessup grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds against Iowa State, as well.
VETERAN EXPERIENCE: With Hutchison unavailable for the majority of the game against Iowa State, fellow seniors Sengfelder and Lexus Williams stepped up in a big moment and provided season highs in points as the two graduate transfers scored 20 and 16, respectively.
The 20 points for Sengfleder was the most for the former Fordham Ram since scoring 21 last season against Dayton on Jan. 31, 2017. The 16 points from Williams was the third-highest scoring game for the former Valparaiso Crusader in his collegiate career.
ALL ABOUT THE 3-POINTER: The Broncos have hit double-digit 3-pointers in four of five games this season. The last time the program made double-digit threes in four of five games was the first five games of the 2015-16 season. The Broncos made 53 two years ago to start the season, while this year’s total is at 60.
Jessup and Sengfelder are both tops on the team with 15 threes apiece. Four other Broncos have at least five 3-pointers.
Boise State has maintained its emphasis on defending the 3-point line, as well. Bronco opponents have only made 26-of-106 threes at a 24.5 percent clip, ranking Boise State No. 23 in the nation and No. 2 in the Mountain West in the category.
SUCCESS IN NOVEMBER: November has been the Broncos’ most successful month of the season in head Leon Rice’s eight years at the helm of the program. Boise State is 37-12 under his watch in games played in the opening month of the season.
In addition, the Broncos are 23-0 at Taco Bell Arena in November games.
END OF A LONG ROAD: Not only did Boise State play five games in 10 days to open 2017-18, but the Broncos also logged over 5,000 miles of total travel in the making the trip to Myrtle Beach last week. Boise State will play five of its last seven nonconference games at home with only trips to Oregon and SMU remaining.
STEADY HOBBS: Alex Hobbs was a double-digit scorer for the fifth-straight game. Dating back to last season, he has scored double-digit points in nine of 11 games. The sophomore currently leads the Broncos in scoring, averaging 14.3 points per game.
SCHEDULE UPDATE: The tip time for the Broncos’ game at Oregon (Dec. 1) will be 6:30 p.m. (PT) and the game will broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
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