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GAME THREAD: No. 9 WSU at Boise State

Posted by Jeff Nusser on November 14, 2007

Consider this your open game thread for the non-televised contest between the Cougs and the Broncos. And it’s really not televised this time.

Looking to learn a bit about the Broncos? Here’s a preview from the local paper. Boise State lost a lot of firepower from last year’s team, especially with the loss of leading scorer Koby Karl. However, the Broncos boast a strong inside game that racked up a lot of rebounds last year, led by seniors Reggie Larry and Matt Nelson. That will be the Broncos’ focus if they’re going to stay in this one.

I’ll have some breakdown tomorrow. In the meantime, feel free to post your thoughts here as you listen to the game, or follow it online.

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9 Responses to “GAME THREAD: No. 9 WSU at Boise State”

  1. Duane said

    It hasn’t been so bad since Cougar football is played on Saturdays and staying up isn’t an issue, but being on the east coast to stay up and follow the hoops team during the week is brutal when working world beckons at dawn. Too bad there is no TV… there isn’t an online radio link anywhere is there?

  2. Nuss said

    They do offer it on the wsu atheltics site (wsucougars.com), but I can’t get it to work because I don’t have the right browser for Mac. I’m trying to find it on the radio right now …

    BTW, it looks like the worst nightmare is coming true — they’re getting killed on the boards and behind by 10 with BSU shooting 50 percent. Yeesh.

  3. Nuss said

    OK, it’s halftime, and the Cougs trail 32-26. Bad, but not as bad as it could have been, as they trailed 30-18. Some quick notes, gleaned completely from the box score since I can’t find the game anywhere on local radio. In Wenatchee. Which is in Eastern Washington. But that’s a rant for another day.

    1. Daven Harmeling is singlehandedly keeping the team in it. Six-of-8 shooting in the first half for 13 points, and 5 rebounds to boot. Both lead the team.
    2. As mentioned earlier, the Cougs are getting hammered on the boards. It’s a 16-10 advantage at half, including five offensive rebounds for BSU. My guess is the high shooting percentage for the Broncos (50 percent) is due to putbacks.
    3. Aron Baynes is 1-of-4 at the FT line. That doesn’t help.
    4. There is no turnover tally on the online box score, so I’m not sure if that’s playing into things either.

    My guess is that this game is playing out exactly as BSU wants it to right now, but I’d love to hear it from someone who might actually be listening on the radio …

  4. Nuss said

    Tie game at 41 on a Derrick Low three-point assault. He’s got 12 of the first 15 points of the second half for the Cougs. Holy smokes. Someone lit a fire under those guys at halftime …

  5. Nuss said

    15 minutes to go, Cougs take the lead on a pair of Baynes free throws. Not out of the woods yet, but I’d venture to say the momentum has turned pretty substantially.

  6. Nuss said

    Whew. Cougs running away with it now — they’ve outscored BSU 30-12 in the second half to take a 56-44 lead with just under 12 minutes to go. Weaver and Low have absolutely taken over the game — they’ve scored (I think) 26 points between them this half.

    That is just awesome to see. This is a team that knows how to win, and it’s getting a boost from its two best players, who were nearly invisible in the first half. That is huge. There will be games in the Pac-10 where they’re going to need that.

  7. Duane said

    Got a buddy listening to it on the radio… relaying me the game a heck of a lot faster than ESPN.com. Don’t even try Sportsline – it’s even worse. Baynes just fouled out and Cowgill’s got four himself. Looking at the box score thus far, it looks like it’s the Low, Weaver and Harmeling show. But Rochestie has played a lot of minutes and while he’s not scoring, he’s racking up the dimes and boards.

    Intentional foul by BSU now… looks like we may have finally wrapped this one up.

  8. Nuss said

    Those fouls are going to be a major theme this year. There just aren’t any big bodies after those two guys. Chris Henry might be serviceable at some point this year, but a man can only handle so many knee surgeries before he’s more or less immobile. He didn’t exactly inspire confidence that he’ll be anything more than five fouls during garbage time against EWU.

  9. Nuss said

    And, there it is. Cougs drop 60 — SIXTY — on the Broncos in the second half to win 86-74. Giving up 50 percent shooting to the opposition under any circumstances is pretty much unacceptable. We’ll have more tomorrow. I’m also going to try to entice my buddy Jo-Jo, who lives in Boise and was at the game, to give us his own little breakdown. We’ll see.

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