BYU Men’s Basketball Visits Boise State Wednesday

first_imgNovember 18, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Men’s Basketball Visits Boise State Wednesday Tags: Boise State Basketball/BYU Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBOISE, Idaho-Following a dramatic 72-71 win at Houston last Friday, BYU men’s basketball (3-1) hits the road again Wednesday by visiting the Boise State Broncos (1-2) of the Mountain West Conference at ExtraMile Arena.BYU head coach Mark Pope (3-1, .750 at BYU) seeks his third straight win as the Cougars’ head coach following a 76-71 loss to San Diego State November 9 at the Marriott Center.The Cougars currently average 71.8 points per game, ranking them 204th nationally in scoring offense.Filling in for currently-suspended star forward Yoeli Childs, senior guard Jake Toolson (15.3 points, 4 rebounds per game) is the Cougars’ statistical leader.Junior guard Alex Barcello (13 points per game) leads BYU in both steals (8) and blocked shots (2).Senior guard TJ Haws (12.5 points per game) is currently the Cougars’ leader in assists (15).Defensively, the Cougars are tied for Northwestern for 157th nationally in scoring defense, giving up 67 points per game.After successive losses to nationally-ranked Oregon (75-106) and UC Irvine (60-69), the Broncos are seeking their first win against a fellow Division I opponent. Boise State’s only win came over NAIA school Life Pacific (126-49) November 5.In his 10th season at Boise State, head coach Leon Rice is currently 179-118 (.603).The Broncos average 87 points per game, tying them for 20th nationally with Utah State.Redshirt junior guard Derrick Alston Jr. is tied for 13th nationally with Dayton’s Obi Toppin in averaging 25 points per game. He also averages 4.3 rebounds per contest. Alston Jr.’s 2 blocks lead the Broncos in that category as well.Senior forward RJ Williams nets 16 points and 11 rebounds per game for Boise State with senior guard Justinian Jessup posting 13 points and 4.3 boards per contest.Senior guard Alex Hobbs nets 12 points and 4 rebounds per game while his 10 assists tie him for the team lead with redshirt freshman guard Max Rice.The Broncos are tied for 267th nationally in scoring defense (74.7 points per game) with Vanderbilt and Georgia.The Cougars lead the all-time series 9-4 and are 2-3 all-time at Boise in the series. Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more