San Jose State taken down by Boise State 106-54 in first game of Phoenix trip

Photo credit: @SanJoseStateMBB

By Ana Kieu

San Jose State men’s basketball looked to snap a four-game losing skid against the Boise State Broncos on New Year’s Eve. After all, who wouldn’t want to ring in the New Year with a bang?

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case as the first game of the teams’ back-to-back series was lopsided from the get-go. The Spartans got blown out by the Broncos 106-54 at the Ability 360 Sports and Fitness Center on Thursday evening.

Spartans head coach Jean Prioleau switched his starting lineup, moving Richard Washington in for Seneca Knight and Trey Smith in for Sebastian Mendoza.

Ralph Agee led the Spartans early in the first half with 6 points. Still, the Broncos led 13-9 at the under-12 timeout.

Nate Lacewell knocked down a 3-pointer from the corner before drawing a foul. Lacewell shot 2 out of the break. The Spartans trailed 43-22 with 3:58 left in the half.

Though Ralph Agee had 10 points and Trey Smith added 7 points at the break, the Broncos’ potent offense stymied the Spartans. Both Derrick Alston and Marcus Shaver were in double figures. The Spartans trailed 54-29 going into the locker room.

The Spartans dug themselves into a hole that they couldn’t crawl out of.

Derrick Alston hit two 3-pointers in the first 70 seconds of the second half. Alston went on to score 21 points for his fourth straight 20-point game. Abu Kigab recorded his first double-double of the season.

The Spartans trailed 71-32 at 15:33 of the half. Yet, the Broncos continued to pour it on in the half. Emmanuel Akot hit back-to-back 3-pointers with 8 minutes left in the half.

The Broncos finished with four players in double figures: Derrick Alston with 23 points, Marcus Shaver Jr. with 14 points, Emmanuel Akot with 13 points, RayJ Dennis with 13 points, and Abu Kigab with 12 points.

The Spartans suffered a 106-54 loss to the Broncos. SJSU fell to 1-5, 0-3 Mountain West. BSU improved 7-1, 3-0 Mountain West.

The Spartans and Broncos meet again on Saturday, January 2 in a nationally televised game on FS1 at 6:30 pm PT.

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