Agbo scores career-high 27 as Boise State rallies late to extend home winning streak

Chibuzo Agbo scored a career-high 27 points and Boise State extended its home court winning streak to 17 straight games Tuesday with a 69-64 win over North Texas.

Boise State (5-3) trailed by six points with a little more than two minutes to play, but the Broncos ended the game with an 11-0 run to steal the win.

“I’m really proud of our guys, and that’s the character of these guys like I’ve been talking about,” Boise State basketball Leon Rice said during his postgame interview with KBOI radio.

Agbo scored 17 points in the first half and hit a season-high six 3-pointers, including one that cut the Mean Green’s lead to one point with 58 seconds left in regulation. He went 4-for-6 from 3-point range in a loss at Clemson on Nov. 19. His previous career-high was 24 points against Loyola Chicago last season.

“Sometimes when I see a couple go in, they just keep falling and I’ve just got to let them go,” Agbo told KBOI.

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Agbo, who joined the Broncos last year after transferring from Texas Tech, has scored at least 11 points in six games this season, but Tuesday’s win was the first time this year that he scored more than 20.

“I feel like my shot selection has gotten a lot better,” he said. “I feel like I can get my shot off whenever I want to. Last year, I just threw up a lot of bad shots.”

North Texas opened the game with eight unanswered points and led for much of the first half, but the Broncos went on a 6-0 run to end the half and went into halftime with a 30-29 lead.

Rice credited the Broncos’ nonconference schedule with instilling the toughness needed to win a back-and-forth affair like Tuesday’s game at ExtraMile Arena, which featured 15 lead changes.

North Texas (5-3) is the seventh straight team Boise State has played that ranks in the top 102 in Kenpom rankings. The Mean Green, whose possessions after they led 64-58 consisted of five missed shots and two turnovers, was No. 79 before losing to the Broncos.

“We had to go earn that game because that team did not give it to us,” Rice said. “They smacked us on the glass, which we’ve got to get a lot better there, and our turnovers were just egregious. Credit their defense, but we never apologize for a win, and it’s a lot more fun to learn from a win than a loss.”

Boise State was outrebounded 34-25, including 15-5 on the offensive end. The Broncos committed 20 turnovers, six of which came from point guard Roddie Anderson III.

The Broncos’ defense forced 19 turnovers, which Rice said kept the team in the game.

“Our defense is good, and it can be great if we clean up some fouls and clean up some communication stuff,” Rice said. “That’s stuff we can clean up.”

Tyson Degenhart added 19 points for the Broncos. It was his fifth straight game with at least 10 points, and his sixth double-digit effort of the season.

Jason Edwards led North Texas with 20 points. Rubin Jones chipped in with 16 points before fouling out late in the second half.

Boise State is back in action at home Saturday against Western Oregon. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.