Coach Rice impressed with his team's resilience

Coach Rice impressed with his team's resilience »Play Video
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The Broncos bounce back at the Bell, and the two-game losing streak is a thing of the past. Boise State is back to their winning ways, but it wasn't easy.

The Broncos first lead of the game didn't come until more than 14 minutes in when Jeff Elorriaga hit a three-pointer giving Boise State a one-point advantage; it didn't stick and neither did Jeff. Elorriage missed all of the second half and could be out for an extended period.

Despite losing of the Mountain West Conference's best long-distance shooter, the Broncos found a way to win. Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks combined for 53 or BSU's 74 points in the victory. Head Coach Leon Rice called it a big moment for his young team.

"It's a step forward in progress for us in the fact that we didn't have Jeff, and he's a guy that keeps things together, and solves some problems, and they had to solve it, and they did a good job of that," said coach Rice.

"I've just gotta keep getting my shots up. If teammates get me open, I've gotta knock it down even more with Jeff not out there. Just more of a responsibility to hit those shots," said Drmic.

"We all know Jeff would want to be out there with us, and we can all hear him from the sidelines so it's like the same thing of him being out there, because he's always talking to us. So it's the same thing except that we don't have that automatic three," said Marks while getting laughs from his teammates and reporters.

With or without Jeff, the Broncos head for Reno this weekend to take on the Wolfpack of Nevada. It's an afternoon tip at Lawlor Events Center, 2 pm (MTN).