Seattle University stayed in the game for most of the night, but Boise State was able to pull away for an 86-68 victory Tuesday night in men’s collegiate basketball action at Taco Bell Arena.
Boise State (3-0) scored the first four points of the game on baskets by Derrick Marks and Anthony Drmic, but Seattle U responded with seven unanswered points, starting with a layup by William Powell (Huntsville, Ala.). After a three-pointer by Jarell Flora (Bremerton, Wash.) allowed the Redhawks to retake the lead at 14-13, the Broncos scored six straight points, including back-to-back layups by Mikey Thompson off Redhawk turnovers.
Another three-pointer from Flora and a layup by Isiah Umipig (Federal Way, Wash.) tied the game at 19-19, but Jeff Elorriaga nailed consecutive three-pointers as the Broncos outscored the Redhawks, 20-7, to take their biggest lead of the half at 39-26. Flora converted a four-point play, hitting his fourth three-pointer of the opening half while being fouled, and Powell hit a layup to cut the Seattle U deficit to seven at 39-32 at halftime.
The two teams basically traded baskets for the first three minutes of the second half before Seattle U cut into Boise State’s lead, as a floater by Umipig and Flora’s fifth three-pointer of the game pulled the Redhawks to within three at 46-43. However, two three-pointers by Elorriaga as well as one from Drmic helped Boise State extend its lead back to 10 points at 57-47 eight minutes into the second half. The Broncos were able to pull away midway through the second half thanks to a 10-1 scoring run.
“You have to credit Boise State for playing sound defense tonight. They hit their shots and did a good job of moving the ball around on offense,” Seattle U head coach Cameron Dollar said. “We were able to stay with them even though we did not play as well as we would have liked to. However, we handled playing on the road well, and we will continue to get better.”
Flora led the Redhawks with 21 points, hitting six three-pointers during the night, while Jack Crook (Manchester, England) notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Umipig also finished with 10 points, plus he dished out eight assists, and Deshaun Sunderhaus (Conyers, Ga.) came off the bench and contributed 11 points and five rebounds.
After scoring just two points in the first half, Drmic, Boise State’s leading scorer coming into the game, collected 23 points after halftime, plus he finished the night with seven rebounds, three assists, and four steals. Elorriaga hit five three-pointers on his way to a 21-point, five-rebound effort, while Thompson finished with 16 points and five steals. The Broncos committed only six turnovers and hit 27-of-33 attempts from the free throw line, plus they scored 17 points off 17 Seattle U turnovers.
Seattle University (2-2) welcomes UC Riverside to KeyArena next Monday, Nov. 25, starting at 7 p.m. Dave Grosby and Gary Hill Jr. will broadcast the game live on 770 AM KTTH, starting with the pregame show 15 minutes before tipoff, and ROOT Sports will also televise the contest live.