By Brian Murphy
LARAMIE, Wyo. — Four Boise State basketball players, including leading scorer Derrick Marks, have been suspended indefinitely by coach Leon Rice.
Marks, top reserves Mikey Thompson and Kenny Buckner and backup big man Darrious Hamilton did not make the trip to Laramie for the Mountain West opener against undefeated Wyoming.
Sophomore Joe Hanstad will start in place of Marks.
Marks, Thompson and Buckner are three of the Broncos' top seven players. Marks leads the team in scoring at 16.3 points per game and assists at 4.0 per game. Thompson is the team's top bench option, averaging 8.7 points per game in 24.8 minutes. Buckner, the team's lone senior, is the primary low-post reserve. He is averaging 6.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game.
Boise State (12-2) is off to its best start since 1987-88 (16-1). The Broncos have rarely played more than eight players meaningful minutes this season so their depth will be tested.
Wyoming (13-0) will be without guard Luke Martinez, the team's second-leading scorer at 14.5 points per game. Martinez broke his right ring finger in a bar fight, according to the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune.