The Boise State Broncos held the San Jose State Spartans scoreless for more than nine minutes to open their Mountain West Conference tournament first-round game Wednesday night, opening a 25-0 lead en route to an 83-52 win at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
The Spartans (7-24) didn’t get on the board until Chris Cunningham hit the second of two free throws with 10:56 remaining in the first half. Rashad Muhammad had San Jose State’s first basket 33 seconds later.
But it would never get much closer. The Spartans never got the deficit inside of 20 points again and trailed by as much as 42 in the second half.
Boise State (20-12), the tournament’s sixth seed, advances to play No. 3 seed Nevada in Thursday’s quarterfinals. San Jose State, the 11th seed, finishes the season with losses in 18 of its last 19 games.
Derrick Marks led the Broncos with 17 points and had four rebounds. Ryan Watkins had 14 points, four boards and four blocks; Thomas Bropleh logged 12 points and three steals and Igor Hadziomerovic added 10 points. Jeff Elorriage finished with four assists and three steals and Dezmyn Trent grabbed four rebounds.
San Jose State was just 17-for-60 (28.3 percent) overall, 4-for-27 (14.8 percent) from 3-point range and 14-for-19 (73.7 percent) from the line. Boise State was 29-for-56 (51.8 percent), 4-for-14 (28.6 percent) and 21-for-26 (80.8 percent).
The Spartans grabbed 20 offensive rebounds en route to a 45-31 edge on the glass, but did little to convert those second chances into points. San Jose State also turned the ball over 17 times to just seven by the Broncos.
Mountain West Conference Tournament
All games at Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas
Game 1: (8) Utah State 73, (9) Colorado State 69
Game 2: (7) Fresno State 61, (10) Air Force 59
Game 3: (6) Boise State 83, (11) San Jose State 52
Game 4: (8) Utah State vs. (1) San Diego State, noon (CBS Sports Network)
Game 5: (5) Wyoming vs. (4) UNLV, 2:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Game 6: (7) Fresno State vs. (2) New Mexico, 6 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Game 7: (6) Boise State vs. (3) Nevada, 8:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 6 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 8:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Semifinal winners, 3 p.m. (CBS)