Wednesday night the 9-11 Boise state Broncos defended their home court against the 12-7 Nevada Wolf Pack. As The home team warmed up Wednesday night there was not only a sense of desperation in the air, but a sense of determination by BSU who seemed relieved to be back after a road trip in which they struggled, going 0-6. The Bronco’s came out showing determination, moxy and physical play in the low post. Ike Okoye who struggled immensely versus Utah State came out rebounding and blocking shost as well as making vital put back opportunities and shots in the low post. He finished with a double double; leading the rebound column with 13 along with 16 points and 4 blocks. Senior guard Robert Arnold finished with 21 points and 4 rebounds another player who was missing in action versus Utah State. Pg Anthony Thomas who turned the ball over eight times last game played significantly better as well scoring 19 points along with 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 steals and only 1 turnover.
However Nevada guard Brandon Fields’ 21 points and future NBA player Luke Babbit were too big of a handful defensively. Luke Babbit despite being forced to turn the ball over 5 times(3 times consecutively in the first half) finished with 10 rebounds and a game high 29 points. 29 points which included 5 straight points putting The Wolf Pack up 81-69 with 2:08 left. The turning point in the game was when Center Kurt Cunningham was called for a foul then an then an ensuing technical foul for slamming the ball to the court. Doing so allowing four consecutive points from the free throw line. Cunningham a Senior recently lost his starting center job to senior transfer Ike Okoye.