Boise State ran to a 52-25 halftime lead and never looked back in a 95-59 victory tonight over Cal State Bakersfield in Taco Bell Arena.
Cal State Bakersfield started strong out of the gate and led 8-6 until a Paul Noonan three-pointer. The Roadrunners would enjoy their last lead at 15-14 before another Noonan trey. With Boise State leading 27-21 with 8:35 remaining in the half, Coach Leon Rice's team went on a 25-4 run to go into intermission.
Boise State came out strong after halftime as well. Robert Arnold's dunk punctuated another 20-6 run and the Broncos were up 41 at 72-31. All told, Boise State outscored Bakersfield 45-10 over 17 minutes. Coach Rice was able to give considerable playing time to his reserves and rest his starters for Saturday's important game against San Jose.
Boise State led in rebounds 40-30, forced 17 turnovers while committing just 11 themselves and had 10 steals.
Noonan led four Broncos in double figures with 20 points on 6-11 shooting from beyond the arc. Arnold had 19 points, including nine in the amazing first-half run, La'Shard Anderson netted 13 and Imadiyi 10. Thomas Bropleh had eight points and nine rebounds for Boise State.
James Albright led Bakersfield with 14 points while Alex Johnson had 12 and Stephon Carter contributed 11.
Boise State advanced to 18-11 with the win. The Broncos host San Jose State in the regular season finale for both teams. Depending on what happens tonight in the Utah State-New Mexico State game, Boise State could be playing for the #2 seed in the upcoming Western Athletic Conference tournament.