Broncos beat Gauchos to stay undefeated at Taco Bell Arena

Broncos beat Gauchos to stay undefeated at Taco Bell Arena
UC Santa Barbara's Mitch Brewe (21) blocks the shot of Boise State's Anthony Drmic (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won 72-56. (AP Photo/Matt Cilley)
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Anthony Drmic led four Boise State players in double figures with 16 points, and the Broncos used a huge run at the end of the first half Saturday to roll to a 72-56 win over UC Santa Barbara.

Jeff Elorriaga scored 15 points - all coming on 3-point shots - as Boise State (4-1) bounced back from a Tuesday loss at Michigan State. The Broncos went 9-of-18 from 3-point range against UCSB's zone defense. Elorriaga was 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, with four coming in the first half. The five 3-pointers were a career high.

Igor Hadziomerovic scored 14 points and Derrick Marks had 10 for Boise State, which used an 18-0 run to turn a tenuous 19-18 lead into a 37-18 advantage.

Alan Williams led UCSB with 15 points, and Taran Brown added 13 for the Gauchos (2-3), who turned the ball over 16 times and trailed for the final 36 minutes.

Boise State owned a 37-22 advantage on the boards with forwards Ryan Watkins and Kenny Buckner grabbing six rebounds apiece.

Boise State led by as many as 28 points, and the 16-point final margin was the closest that UCSB came in the second half. The Gauchos did shoot 50 percent (13-of-26) after halftime but couldn't catch the Broncos, who are scheduled to join UCSB in the Big West Conference next season.