Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Broncos Fall to Long Beach State

Boise State lost to Long Beach State 72-62 in Long Beach, California.

A slow start doomed the Broncos as they scored seven points in the first 13 minutes and fell behind 33-15.  But Coach Leon Rice's team scored the final nine points of the half to cut the margin to 33-24.  Junior center Kenny Buckner, a transfer from the famous College of Southern Idaho, kept Boise State in the game with 12 of his 14 points in the first half.

However, a 16-point run by the 49'ers in the second half extended the lead to 19 and the home team coasted from there.

Freshman Anthony Drmic led the Broncos with 20 points, hitting five three-pointers.  Drmic is just the third Bronco to have multiple 20-point games as a freshman in the last 18 years.

Boise State hosts Northern Illinois Saturday night at 7.

Shoemaker a Finalist for Burlsworth Trophy

Boise State wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker has been named a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, which recognizes the most impressive college football player who began as a walk-on.
Shoemaker tied the Boise State single-season record for touchdown receptions (14) held by Austin Pettis with a three-TD effort against San Diego State Saturday.  Shoemaker is tied for the national lead in scoring among wide receivers.
Joining Shoemaker on the semi-finalist list are senior offensive tackle Mike Remmers of Oregon State; senior wide receiver Griff Whalen of Stanford; senior quarterback Bryant Moniz of Hawai'i; senior wide receiver Patrick Edwards of Houston; senior linebacker Steven Johnson of Kansas; junior safety Jordan Kovacs of Michigan; senior center Mike Caputo of Nebraska; junior running back Dominique Whaley of Oklahoma; and senior quarterback Austin Davis of Southern Miss.

                Shoemaker graduated from Boise State in May of 2011 with a bachelor's degree in business and is currently pursuing a graduate degree.

Lady Broncos Need to Be Road Warriors

The Boise State women's basketball team (3-1) takes on Utah State (also 3-1) tonight in a key non-conference battle.  The Aggies participated in the women's NIT last season and own a win this year over Wyoming of the Mountain West Conference.

Coach Gordy Presnell's team is averaging 80.5 points a game and leads the Mountain West with a 44.9% shooting percentage.

Boise State is home again Sunday when they meet UC Riverside at 2 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.

Tip-off tonight is 7 Mountain Time.

Boise State Coach Greg Patton Named as Coach of the United States Team

Boise State men's tennis coach Greg Patton has been named as the head coach of the United States for the Master U tennis tournament.  Patton will coach the top three men and top three women collegiate players for the annual event in Rouen, France.

The United States qualified for its fourth straight competition and will go against Belgium, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and Spain.  This is the third straight year that the Bronco coach was tabbed by the United States Tennis Association to lead the American squad.  Patton led the U.S. to a win in 2009 and runner-up finish in 2009.