By Brian murphy
LAS VEGAS — The Boise State men's basketball team raced out to a huge first-half lead and topped New Orleans 67-51 at the Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon.
The Broncos made six of their first seven 3-point attempts with Jeff Elorriaga (4-for-4) and Anthony Drmic (2-for-3) providing the early offense. Boise State led by 24 late in the first half.
New Orleans cut the deficit to 10 points in the second half, but never really threatened.
The Pac-12 hosted the two-day, four-game event as preparation for its conference tournament at the same arena in March.
Drmic led Boise State (9-2) with 20 points. He also had eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Elorriaga had 14 points and Derrick Marks added 12 with three assists and three steals. Center Ryan Watkins had 12 rebounds and eight points as he continues his solid season.
Lovell Cook led New Orleans (3-8) with 15 points.
Boise State does not play again until Dec. 30 vs. Corban at Taco Bell Arena in Boise. The players are off until Dec. 28.
Click here for a photo gallery.