Boise St. 81, New Mexico St. 63

La’Shard Anderson and Ryan Watkins scored 16 points each, and

Boise State dominated the second half to rout New Mexico State

81-63 Friday night and reach the Western Athletic Conference

championship game.

Second-seeded Boise State (20-11) used its defense to create

scoring opportunities in the first half, then hit a slew of

3-pointers in succession in the second to run away from the

defending tournament champions.

Playing with their highest seeding since joining the WAC in

2001-02, the Broncos ran their winning streak to eight games –

longest since 1991-92 – and earned a trip to their third title

game, against No. 23 Utah State on Saturday.

New Mexico State (16-17) kept within reach despite a rash of

turnovers in the first half, but had nothing left in the second

half to keep up with the WAC’s highest-scoring team. Tyrone Watson

led the Aggies with 15 points.