Rice scores career-high 25, Boise State tops Texas A&M 86-71

Dec 3, 2022, 4:43 AM | Updated: 7:34 pm
Boise State guard Chibuzo Agbo (11) attempts to pass the ball to a teammate as Texas A&M forward Ju...

Boise State guard Chibuzo Agbo (11) attempts to pass the ball to a teammate as Texas A&M forward Julius Marble and forward Henry Coleman III, right front, defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Emil Lippe)

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              Boise State guard Chibuzo Agbo (11) attempts to pass the ball to a teammate as Texas A&M forward Julius Marble and forward Henry Coleman III, right front, defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Emil Lippe)
            
              Texas A&M coach Buzz Williams instructs his players from the bench during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Boise State in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Emil Lippe)
            
              Boise State guard Marcus Shaver Jr. (10) is fouled by Texas A&M forward Henry Coleman III (15) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Emil Lippe)
            
              Texas A&M forward Solomon Washington attempts to get around Boise State guard Chibuzo Agbo (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Emil Lippe)
            
              Texas A&M forward Henry Coleman III (15) shoots over Boise State forward Tyson Degenhart (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Emil Lippe)
            
              Boise State coach Leon Rice checks the clock during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Texas A&M in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Emil Lippe)
            
              Boise State forward Tyson Degenhart (2) drives to the basket as Texas A&M's Solomon Wahington, right, defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Emil Lippe)
            
              Boise State guard Max Rice (12) drives to the basket as Texas A&M's Wade Taylor IV and Henry Coleman III (15) defend during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Emil Lippe)
            
              Boise State guard Max Rice (12) greets forward Naje Smith (23) after Rice hit a 3-pointer during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Texas A&M in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Emil Lippe)
            
              Boise State guard Jace Whiting (15) shoots a layup next to Texas A&M guard Tyrece Radford (23) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Emil Lippe)
            
              Texas A&M guard Manny Obaseki (35) attempts to drive past Boise State guard Marcus Shaver Jr. during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Emil Lippe)
            
              Boise State forward Naje Smith (23) attempts to drive to the basket past Texas A&M guard Dexter Dennis (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Emil Lippe)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Max Rice scored a career-high 25 points, Marcus Shaver Jr. had 16 of his 20 points in the second half and Boise State beat Texas A&M 86-71 on Saturday night.

The Broncos (6-2) never trailed in the first meeting between the schools, which came in the Battleground 2k22 series at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, about 175 miles from the Texas A&M campus.

Wade Taylor IV was one of five players in double figures for the Aggies with 16 points.

Boise State went ahead for good at 16-13 on freshman Sadraque NgaNga’s 3-pointer in a fast-paced opening six minutes. It was NgaNga’s only shot of the game.

Texas A&M (5-3) stayed within striking distance in the second half before a 7-1 Boise State run put the Broncos up 77-63 with 2:15 remaining. Rice scored the first five points in the run.

Texas Tech transfer Chibuzo Agbo had his first double-double of the season for Boise with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Rice was 8 of 12 from the field and 3 of 6 on 3-pointers, while Shaver was 3 of 4 from deep and made 11 of 12 free throws.

Boise State shot a season-best 44% from long range (11 of 25) to 24% for the Aggies (5 of 21).

After a dunk from Solomon Washington pulled Texas A&M within six early in the second half, Shaver hit a 3-pointer. He had another to restore a double-digit lead later in the second half.

Henry Coleman III scored 12 points for the Aggies, Tyrece Radford had 11 and Washington and Dexter Dennis added 10 apiece.

Boise’s Naje Smith scored 11 points and shared the team lead in assists at four with Shaver and Tyson Degenhart.

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