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Boise State holds on to beat Idaho

The Idaho Vandals thundered back from 23 points down in the second half to make Boise State sweat, but the Broncos outlasted UI 98-89 at CenturyLink Arena in Boise on Wednesday night.

The Vandals (3-4) closed within five points, 94-89, with 43 seconds remaining on a Mike Scott layup to cap a 37-19 tear over seven-plus minutes. But BSU — and Derrick Marks specifically — was masterful from the free-throw line in the final minutes. Marks finished with a career-high 39 points. He was 21 of 23 from the foul line and scored the Broncos' final 15 points, all but two of which came from the line.

Stephen Madison poured in a season-high 26 points and eight rebounds. Glen Dean had 15 points and Scott contributed 14 off the bench. Still, tthe Vandals gave up 28 points in the paint in the first half, when BSU shot over 60 percent.

“I have to grow this team up, and I thought they grew up a little tonight,” coach Don Verlin said. “We got better. I’m not going to let them have a moral victory. You can’t accept that when you’re the coach of the Vandals, but you also have to build this team and I thought we got a little better tonight.”

This was the fifth straight win for BSU (5-0) in a rivalry that's turned into a once-a-season affair in Boise. Idaho's last win over the Broncos came on Feb. 6, 2010.

More below.

Vandals falter late in loss to Boise State

Idaho led by as many as 11 points Thursday night against rival Boise State at CenturyLink Arena in Boise. But the Vandals' most glaring weakness this season — an inability to lock down defensively late in games — was their undoing again. The Broncos shot 61 percent in the second half to pull away late for a 78-68 win.

Boise State's explosive offense came alive in the second half. After missing all seven of their 3-point attempts in the first half, the Broncos were 5 of 8 from outside after halftime. They outscored Idaho 49-31 in the second half.

Idaho finished nonconference play at 4-6. Boise State moved to 8-2.

More below.

Idaho falls flat late again

The new year, and a new month, will be a welcome sight for the Idaho Vandals. They dropped their third straight game and fourth in December — each coming by no more than three points — with a 76-73 loss to Boise State at the Idaho Center in Nampa. Idaho stands at 7-7 heading into WAC play, and it has lost three straight to Leon Rice's BSU club.

Read on.

Different feel for Idaho-Boise St. hoops

The Idaho and Boise State men's basketball teams have met every year since 1971, and off and on for many years before that. But this time it's different.

Read on for the reasons why, and a preview of the nonconference showdown set for 11 a.m. PST on Saturday.

State Board gives Boise OK; Vandals exploring options

The Idaho State Board of Education today gave Boise State the OK to pursue membership in the Big East as a football-only member, a move that could have major implications for the Western Athletic Conference and the University of Idaho. If Boise State moves to the Big East, its other sports could move to the WAC, West Coast Conference or another conference that makes geographic sense. BSU president Bob Kustra said he's in discussions with one conference in particular to house the Broncos' Olympic sports.

Kustra also told the State Board that Conference USA could grab current WAC members New Mexico State and Louisiana Tech if the Big East adds Houston, SMU and Central Florida in its expansion, while the Mountain West could take Utah State. San Jose State has also been rumored to the MWC.

With all this conference movement still in flux, Idaho AD Rob Spear declined to comment when reached by The Spokesman-Review. “As you can imagine, we are exploring mutiple scenarios,” Spear said in an email.

UI women thump BSU for third time

The third time looked like the first two. Idaho, after beating Boise State by 20 and 15 in the regular season, handled the Broncos by 11 in the opening round of the WAC women's basketball tournament.

Here's a link to my game story.

Game Day in Moscow

The streets and hotels are just a tad bit busier than normal in Moscow with Vandal and Bronco fans streaming into the Palouse for tonight’s Idaho-Boise State clash. Gametime is 6 p.m. on ESPN2 and, we should mention, ESPN 3D.

Read on for links and more.

Boise State on SI cover

The “firsts” keep coming for the Boise State football team.

The Broncos will be featured on the national cover of Sports Illustrated magazine this week.

The Idaho Statesman reports that SI writer Austin Murphy spent much of last week in Boise to report and write the story, while two photographers shot the Boise State-Oregon State game on Saturday night. The magazine hits news stands Wednesday.

Boise State was on a regional cover of Sports Illustrated’s college football preview in August, but this is the school’s first national cover.

Boise State’s game against Oregon State also drew ESPN’s “College GameDay” show to Boise for the first time on Saturday. And the game against Oregon State was the first regular-season Boise State game to air nationally on network television.

— Associated Press

BSU president lambasts UI fans, Moscow

Bob Kustra, president of Boise State, told the Idaho Statesman today that he sees no need to play the the University of Idaho in Moscow — or in Boise — after the football teams meet for the last time this season before BSU moves to the Mountain West Conference. His reason for wanting to stay away from Moscow? “It’s a culture that is nasty, inebriated and civilly doesn’t give our fans the respect that any fan should expect when visiting an away team.”

Kustra’s comments come a day after Broncos coach Chris Petersen, when asked if BSU was willing to do a home-and-home series with Idaho, said, “Why would we go (to Moscow)? I don’t think our fans even like to go up there. Most of Idaho’s fans are in Boise anyway.”

UI coach Robb Akey has maintained that the 40-year rivalry should continue “the right way” — with both teams getting home games.

UPDATE: Idaho president Duane Nellis has issued this statement on the matter.

Boise State joins Mountain West

Boise State has joined the Mountain West Conference effective July 2011, leaving the WAC and fellow state school Idaho. Read the release here.

Rice takes over at BSU

Leon Rice loaded the family into the Wagon Queen Family Truckster (yes, that’s a Vacation reference) and drove to Boise Thursday night/Friday morning. He arrived at 3 a.m., slept a little and then was introduced as BSU’s new coach at a 12:30 press conference.

I tuned in to the proceedings on BSU’s Web site and put together the unedited article below. I also checked in with Billy Grier, the last GU assistant to leave for a head-coaching gig, for his thoughts on Rice and his interesting take on Mark Few’s future.

Few didn’t return my phone message, but he was quoted in a BSU press release on Rice’s hiring: “Boise State is getting a great coach and an even better family into the greater Boise area. I hope the fans and the community reach out and embrace them. He was the co-architect of this entire run (at Gonzaga) and a huge part of our success. We’ll miss Leon, Robin and the kids greatly.”

The BSU release also has this quote from Adam Morrison: “I’m excited for Leon and this new opportunity for him.  He brought a great spirit and attitude to the team while I was there and is a tremendous choice to head the Boise State basketball program.”

Meanwhile here’s a blog post from the Oregonian on the Ducks’ search for a new coach and another on Phil Knight’s interest in Tubby Smith.. There’s also this from the Register-Guard as well as a column that discusses what the Ducks might pay for a coach. 

Rice to be a Bronco

Good evening. Back with more on Leon Rice’s decision to take the head coaching job at Boise State.

Rice interviewed for the job earlier this week and I figured he was definitely in the mix when he didn’t return phone messages over the last three days! This was one of the more hush-hush searches I can remember with BSU and the primary candidates declining to discuss the opening publicly.

My unedited article below touches on some of the challenges Rice will face at BSU, but there’s additional background information from the Idaho Statesman here, herehere and here.

The Broncos have seven seniors and three starters returning, so Rice (pictured with head coach Mark Few) won’t be starting from scratch. BSU was 15-17 last season.

Report: Rice accepts BSU job

Gonzaga associate head coach Leon Rice has accepted an offer to become the head coach at Boise State, according to ESPN.com. More here.

Rice would replace Greg Graham, who was fired nearly two weeks ago. Rice has been on head coach Mark Few’s staff for 11 years. In 2007, Rice was named associate head coach.

Rice came to Gonzaga from Yakima Valley College where he was the head coach in 1999 and co-head coach with Dean Nicholson in 1998. The 1999 team went 31-2 and won the NWAACC championship. Including Rice’s two years as an assistant coach, YVC was 103-26 in his four seasons in Yakima.

Sources confirmed that Rice was offered the BSU job on Wednesday night.

More as details become available.

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