by Keith Kelley–10 Jan ’15
It’s 4-0 and counting, as the Wyoming Cowboys took control of their game at home against Boise State in the second half, for a 65-54 win over the Broncos. The Cowboys are off to their best start in the Mountain West since the 2002-03 season, ironically the last time year made to the NCAA Tournament. Wyoming has also won 13 straight games in the AA, their longest streak since the 2000-01 season.
Trailing 31-30 at the half, the Cowboys would open up a seven point lead seven minutes into the second half, outscoring Boise State 13-5 during that stretch. Wyoming held a very potent offense to just 23 second half points, and senior forward Larry Nance, Junior says they got back to playing Cowboy defense in the second 20 minutes.
Once again, junior guard Josh Adams provided a second half spark as well. Adams scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half, including three, three-pointers. Cowboy head coach Larry Shyatt said with all the focus on Nance, Adams took advantage of his opportunities.
One of the biggest plays of the game happened with less than four minutes left. With the Cowboys leading by just five, and the shot clock winding down, a tipped pass ended up in the hands of redshirt freshman Alan Herndon, who calmly sank a three-pointer as the shot clock hit zero. Herndon said he was at the right plasce at the right time.
Wyoming dominated Boise State in the post, outscoring the Broncos 28-8 in the paint, and pounding them on the glass, out-rebounding Boise State 30-19. Nance, who had another double-double, with 18 points and ten rebounds, said that they used their strengths to their advantage.
Senior guard Riley Grabau was also in double figures, with 15 points, including knocking down all ten of his free throws. The Pokes were 14-16 from the game.
Wyoming is now 15-2 overall and 4-0 in the Mountain West. They will host San Diego State Wednesday night at 9 pm.