Balanced Boise State Downs Wyoming 94-71
Feb. 13, 2016
BOISE, Idaho (AP) BOISE, Idaho- Dominant efforts on both ends of the court paved the way for a 94-71 Boise State men's basketball win over Wyoming, Saturday at Taco Bell Arena. The Broncos (17-9, 8-5), who closed the game on a 37-17 run, scored more than 90 points for the seventh time this season and never trailed.
The 94 points match the most Boise State has scored in a conference game since joining the Mountain West in 2011-12. It is also the most points Wyoming has given up in regulation under head coach Larry Shyatt.
Wyoming's Josh Adams - the nation's fifth leading scorer at 24.0 points per game entering the contest - was held to 6-of-15 shooting from the field and scored 16 points.
Boise State's defensive presence started from the opening tip. Boise State held the Cowboys (12-14, 5-8) to start 0-of-5 from the field, including a shot clock violation at 17:13.
The Cowboys didn't score until 3:49 into the game on a jumper from Hayden Dalton.
"That was our thing, just come out and play as hard as you can," senior Anthony Drmic said. "The seniors talked about it and we wanted those young guys to just come out and play as hard as they can. I think they did."
Senior guard Lonnie Jackson was flawless from beyond the arc in the first half, going 3-of-3 and heading to the locker room with 11 points.
Jackson finished the game with 16 points and added four assists, three of which came in the second half. He was 4-for-5 from beyond the arc and in two games against Wyoming this year has 37 points, including 11-for-17 shooting from three-point range.
Boise State's defensive efforts limited Wyoming to 28-percent from the field (7-of-25) in the first half and limited the Cowboys to make only 2 of their final 12 field goal attempts in the first half, and entered the locker room at halftime with a 37-29 lead.
Webb led all scorers with 21 points - 14 in the second half. He added 11 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season, and his third game with 20-or-more points and 10-or-more rebounds.
Wyoming was able to answer back with a 14-7 run to make it a five-point game. Junior forward Nick Duncan notched an offensive rebound off a missed jumper from Mikey Thompson as the shot clock was winding down. Duncan made the lay-up and on the ensuing end the Broncos took the offensive foul on Jeremy Lieberman to shift the momentum back in Boise State's favor.
"We had to cool them off," Boise State head coach Leon Rice said. "They were running their stuff well and they were making shots, and making some contested ones. They got a great system and a great coach... So to have a game like that against a team and a coach who I have so much respect, you score 94 points against Wyoming, it's `wow, wow'. It's not like an ordinary up and down game."
The Cowboys cut the margin to as few as three points, but the Broncos controlled the final 10 minutes of the game. A 12-0 Boise State run starting at the six-minute mark pushed the lead to 22.
Duncan scored nine of his 11 points in the second half, and finished with five rebounds - four off the offensive glass.
Boise State outrebounded the Cowboys 17-5 and scored 57 points in the second half.
Adams was Wyoming's leading scorer. Alexander Aka Gorski was second with 14 points.
Drmic and Thompson joined Webb III, Duncan and Jackson in double-digit scoring. Drmic scored 12 points and three rebounds off the bench while Thompson added 16 points.
Thompson's 16 points give him 1,082 for his career and moved him to No. 18 on the Boise State All-time scoring list.
"I think we're just starting to play Bronco basketball," Jackson said. "We're moving the ball. We're playing our flow offense and just moving it. Guys are looking for me, getting me open shots. I think we were starting to get that at the end of Colorado State, we saw some better offense. We're looking forward to keeping this momentum up and keep going in the rest of this Mountain West Conference (play)."
The Broncos return to action Wednesday at New Mexico. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. from Wisepies Arena. Boise State fell to the Lobos at home on Jan. 30, 88-83.
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