He led Boise State to its first NCAA Tournament. Now he’ll coach against the Broncos

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Trent Johnson played for the Boise State men’s basketball team from 1974 to 1978, leading the Broncos to a Big Sky Tournament championship and their first NCAA Tournament appearance.

On Tuesday, Johnson will be sitting on the opposing bench when Cal State Northridge (3-4) hosts Boise State (4-4) in a nonconference contest at the Matadome in Northridge, California. The game, at 8 p.m. Mountain time, will be streamed live on ESPN+.

Johnson came out of retirement to serve as CSUN’s interim coach this season after an internal review uncovered potential NCAA rules violations by head coach Mark Gottfried and his staff.

Entering the 2021-22 season, Johnson had compiled an overall record of 276-265 in stops at Nevada, Stanford, LSU and TCU. He has been named coach of the year in the Western Athletic Conference (2002-03), Pac-12 (2007-08) and Southeastern Conference (2008-09).

Johnson finished his Boise State career with 1,115 points and 702 rebounds, which still rank 16th and fifth in program history, respectively. Following his collegiate career, Johnson played for the Washington Lumberjacks of the Western Basketball League. He later returned to Boise State to complete his degree in physical education.

The Matadors have won three of their past four games but are 0-8 against the Broncos. Their most recent meeting was a 103-72 Boise State win at ExtraMile Arena on Dec. 28, 2019. Abu Kigab, now a fifth-year senior, made his home debut in that game, scoring a career-best 33 points to go with 11 rebounds.

Boise State ended a two-game losing streak with a 63-58 win over Tulsa last Friday. Marcus Shaver Jr. led the Broncos with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Tuesday’s game will be a chance for Boise State to end its California skid this season. The Broncos have lost to UC Irvine and to Cal State Bakersfield, scoring just a combined 89 points in those games.

Sophomore Anna Ostlie had a career-high 18 points in Boise State’s 76-64 win over Florida Atlantic on Sunday at ExtraMile Arena.
Sophomore Anna Ostlie had a career-high 18 points in Boise State’s 76-64 win over Florida Atlantic on Sunday at ExtraMile Arena.

Women’s basketball: Boise State 76, Florida Atlantic 64

Boise State (2-5) notched its first win of the season over a Division I program and halted a four-game losing streak with a victory over Florida Atlantic (3-5) on Sunday at ExtraMile Arena.

Freshman Trista Hull and sophomores Abby Muse and Anna Ostlie combined for 50 points. Ostlie scored 10 of her career-high 18 in the first quarter as the Broncos took a 27-14 lead. Hull took over in the second quarter, tallying seven of her career-high 16 points to put the Broncos ahead 45-25 at the half.

Florida Atlantic pulled within 56-52 with 8:01 to play before Hull scored eight points during a 10-2 run that gave the Broncos a 66-54 lead with 3:42 remaining.

Muse contributed her second career double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds, and Kaitlin Burgess added nine points.

“Anna and Kaitlin played with confidence and hit shots early,” Boise State coach Gordy Presnell said in a news release. “Abby and Trista were outstanding. Trista has a big upside.”

Boise State will be on the road for two games this week. The Broncos play at Eastern Washington on Friday (7 p.m.) and then face Washington State on Sunday (1 p.m.) in Pullman. Both games will be available on the radio at 1350 AM.

WOMEN: BOISE STATE 76, FLA. ATLANTIC 64

FLA. ATLANTIC (3-5)

Janeta Rozentale 6-14 6-7 18; Amber Gaston 6-12 2-4 14; Sofia Galeron 5-9 0-0 12; Rita Pleskevich 2-9 2-2 7; Kynadi Kuykendoll 3-7 0-2 7; Alexa Zaph 1-7 0-0 3; Simona Henshaw 1-2 0-0 3; Kimia Carter 0-1 0-0 0; Bre Beck 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 24-64 10-15 64.

BOISE STATE (2-5)

Anna Ostlie 5-11 4-6 18; Trista Hull 5-7 6-9 16; Abby Muse 7-12 2-4 16; Kaitlin Burgess 3-5 0-0 9; Dominique Leonidas 2-9 2-2 6; Mary Kay Naro 1-9 3-4 5; Rachel Bowers 2-4 0-0 4; Elodie Lalotte 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 26-58 17-25 76.

Fla. Atlantic................. 14 11 20 19 — 64

Boise St...................... 27 18 11 20 — 76

3-point goals — Fla. Atlantic 6-18 (Galeron 2-6; Pleskevich 1-3; Henshaw 1-2; Zaph 1-2; Kuykendoll 1-2; Gaston 0-1; Rozentale 0-2), Boise St. 7-19 (Ostlie 4-8; Burgess 3-5; Leonidas 0-1; Naro 0-5). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — Fla. Atlantic 30 (Galeron 7; Gaston 7), Boise St. 46 (Muse 13). Assists — Fla. Atlantic 11 (Kuykendoll 6), Boise St. 18 (Naro 6). Total fouls — Fla. Atlantic 18, Boise St. 19. Technical fouls — None. A — 505.

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