Ft. Collins, CO – The Boise State Broncos (17-9, 7-6) visited Colorado State (14-13, 5-9) in a Mountain West match-up. The BSU Broncos were coming off a nice 71-70 victory over a tough New Mexico squad while CSU’s last game was a 75-66 loss on the road at Fresno.
CSU maintained an early lead 20-17 at the 10:00 of the first half despite Boise quickly hitting 3-of-5 from behind the arc. By half-time Boise State’s 6’6” junior G/F from Australia, Anthony Drmic, showed why is was Mountain West Pre-Season First-Team selection as he scored 15 first-half points in guiding the Broncos to a 43-36 lead at the break. Drmic is a deceptive athlete and all-around player that can hit the three in transition, off-the dribble, and coming off screens, as well as slash to the hoop in a half-court set. His strength is the ability to stretch the floor with long-range shots. Drmic is shooting a respectable 37.8 percent behind the three-point line. He is fourth in the MWC scoring at 17.2 ppg and averages 4.7 rebounds as well.
As a team, Boise shot a scalding 62 percent in the first half with 11 assists on 15 buckets, and often got to the rim on drives. With 10:00 to go in the second half, the Broncos still held an 11 point lead, and continued their hot-shooting long distance shooting (11-of-19), but Colorado State’s, Daniel Bejarano was keeping them in the game and leading all scorers. A crucial player for the Rams, Bejarano is a 6’4”, 200 pound, junior transfer guard from Arizona. He leads the team in minutes (34.1), rebounds (8.3), three-pointers (51), steals (31), and FT percentage (79.9). He is second in scoring and assists. The crafty Bejarano is a true threat to score on each catch; he has a nice pump-fake, is a threat from 3-point land, and will drive to the paint looking to shoot over ‘bigs’ with a refined fade-away jumper. He works hard and persistently defended the top rival shooter.
At the end, Boise State posted a 84-72 victory. The Broncos shot 54.7 percent for the game and made 13-of-22 (59.1 percent) from the 3-point line. Drmic finished with 19 points, five rebounds and five5 assists, while the Rams’ Bejarano led all scorers with 23 points.
Colorado State’s top senior is Gerson Santo, a 6’9”, 238 pound, Brazilian-born transfer from College of Southern Idaho. Santo leads the team in blocked shots (17) and field-goal percent (59.6). Although he is not an offensive force (7.6 points per game) or threat on the post, the long and lanky Santo is athletically dangerous in put-backs and will crash the offensive glass averaging 4.7 rebounds per game. He is a team-player setting numerous screens and always defending the best big man on the opposing team.
Boise State’s top senior is forward Ryan Watkins, 6’9”, 242 pounds who had 22 rebounds in the New Mexico game. He is a good defender who will vocally direct traffic and maintain stance from post to perimeter. In a display of his constant efforts, Watkins averages a double-double with 11.0 ppg and 10.6 rpg (8th best in NCAA). Known more as a smart player and use of positioning, he still leads the team with 26 blocked shots on the year.
The Broncos also feature a senior, sixth-man in Thomas Bropleh, a 6’5”, 212 pound wing-player. Bropleh displayed a good scoring touch by scoring 18 points, all in the second half. He was able to hit the three-point shot (43 percent on the season) as well as score with the half-court offense (6.2 ppg). Bropleh has a strong build and decent handle. He may draw some interest from overseas at the end of the season