Broncos blow past Spartans in the Mountain West Tournament

Broncos blow past Spartans in the Mountain West Tournament
Boise State's Dezmyn Trent shoots as San Jose State's Isaac Thornton defends during the second half of a Mountain West Conference men's tournament NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in Las Vegas. Boise State defeated San Jose State 83-52. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Derrick Marks scored the first seven points, sparking a 25-0 run to open the game as No. 6 seed Boise State crushed 11th-seeded San Jose State 83-52 Wednesday night in the opening round of the Mountain West tournament.

Marks had 17 points to lead the Broncos, who earned their first Mountain West tournament win in record-style. The 31-point win is the largest margin in the 15-year history of the tournament, surpassing BYU's 27-point victory over Colorado State in 2008. The 135 points is the most scored, and 46 first-half points in an opening round record.

San Jose State missed its first nine shots before Chris Cunningham made his second free throw attempt at 10:56. Rashad Muhammad scored 13 points and Cunningham 11 to lead San Jose State (7-24), which concluded its inaugural season in the conference.

Boise State (20-12) faces third-seeded Nevada (15-16) in the quarterfinals Thursday.