BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- Matt Nelson scored 25 points and had 10 rebounds as Boise State defeated Hawaii 73-62 in a Western Athletic Conference game on Saturday.
Anthony Thomas added a career-high 21 points for Boise State (9-8, 3-3 WAC).
Ahmet Gueye had 16 points and six rebounds for Hawaii (10-9, 1-5 WAC), and Bobby Ash added another 16 points for the Warriors.
Nelson scored six points in a 13-2 Boise State run in the first half to open a 23-16 lead with 7:26 remaining in the period.
The two teams traded baskets to go into the break with Boise State ahead 33-27.
During halftime the Boise State football team was honored for its 13-0 season that included 43-42 win over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, with the trophy displayed on the court. That drew more fans and attendance was announced at 10,190, the largest home crowd to see a Broncos men's basketball game since 2000. It easily eclipsed their previous largest home crowd this season of just over 4,000.
Less than a minute into the second half, Gueye landed awkwardly and hurt his left leg. He sat out more than seven minutes before returning.
After Hawaii's Matt Lojeski dunked to pull the Warriors to within 4 points at 51-47, Thomas responded by driving the lane, getting fouled, and completing a 3-point play.
He added two more free throws a short time later that was part of a 9-3 Boise State run to put the Broncos ahead 60-50 with 7:07 remaining.
Hawaii tried to rally, but an emphatic Reggie Miller dunk started a 7-0 run capped by another 3-point play by Thomas after another aggressive drive down the lane, making it 68-56 with 2:55 to play.
Boise State shot 52 percent from the field, a number boosted by Nelson hitting nine of 13 attempts, mostly by working hard under the basket for layups. Hawaii shot 34 percent, with Gueye hitting six of nine.
The Broncos made 25 of 33 free throws, while Hawaii hit 15 of 21.