Senior Night at Taco Bell Arena
March 2, 2018
Boise State (22-7, 12-5) vs Wyoming (19-11, 10-7)
AT&T SPORTSNET: Drew Goodman (play-by-play) and Joe Cravens (analyst) will be on the call for AT&T SportsNet.
LISTEN: Bronco fans can listen to the game on 670 AM KBOI with Bob Behler (play-by-play) and Abe Jackson (analyst) on the call once again. The pregame show will begin at 4:30 p.m. MT.
ABOUT WYOMING: Winners of three of their last four games, the Cowboys are currently tied for fifth place in the conference standings. Justin James (18.9 ppg) and Hayden Dalton (18.0 ppg) are the No. 3 and 5 scorers in the league while Dalton is also the team’s top rebounder at 8.1 rebounds per game.
Wyoming is one of the top scoring teams in the MW, as well, averaging 81.9 point per game in conference play (No. 3 in MW).
LAST TIME AGAINST THE COWBOYS: The Broncos lost somewhat of a heartbreaker in the first matchup in Laramie, falling to Wyoming 79-78 in overtime. Boise State held a 16-point, 43-27 halftime lead, but the Cowboys surged back in the second half to ultimately win the game in the extra period.
Chandler Hutchison led the way with 27 points, Zach Haney chipped in 15 points and Justinian Jessup was the top rebounder with eight boards. The Broncos had the ball with it being a tie game at 70-70 (16 seconds to play in regulation), but Hutchison’s layup just went in-and-out, sending the game to overtime.
HISTORY AGAINST THE COWBOYS: Boise State trails in the all-time series with Wyoming 14-10, but are winners of four of the last five matchups. The Broncos are 7-4 in home games against the Cowboys, as well.
THANK YOU SENIORS: The impact that Chandler Hutchison, Chris Sengfelder and Lexus Williams has had on the 2017-18 season simply can’t be overstated. The trio has combined for 1,139 points – accounting for 50.4% of the Broncos’ scoring – with having started together in every game this season but one.
A Top-10 Finalist for the Jerry West Award and a Top-30 Finalist for the Naismith Trophy, Hutchison is putting the finishing touches on the first 500-point, 200-rebound and 100-assist season in school history. He continues to be the only player in the league to lead a team in points, rebounds, assists and steals.
Sengfelder is currently one of nine players in the MW who is averaging at least 11.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. His three double-doubles this season is also second most on the team.
Williams has been a double-digit scorer in nine of 17 Mountain West games. His 245 points represents a career-best season scoring the basketball.
GOOD FIRST HALF NOT ENOUGH: Boise State was 12-of-25 (6-of-14 from three) in the first half against San Diego State and trailed at the break by just a point (38-37). The Broncos’ success in the first frame unfortunately did not completely carry over into the second, as the team was held to 30 percent shooting from the field in the latter 20 minutes.
Hutchison was the leading scorer with 18 points while Haney tied a career high with 11 rebounds. Hutchison was his usually versatile self in racking up nine rebounds, five assists and one steal to go with his scoring performance.
DIDN’T GET BEAT BY THE THREE: Despite the loss to the Aztecs, the Broncos managed to hold the Aztecs 1-of-14 shooting from behind the arc, putting forth its best night defending the 3-point line since holding San Jose State to one trey (1-of-13) last season on Jan. 21, 2017. The effort improved Boise State’s national ranking in 3-point field goal defense, as its season-long percentage of 30.7 ranks No. 12 in the NCAA.
No. 2 SEED, TOP-THREE STREAK CONTINUES: Boise State will be the No. 2 seed at the conference tournament (March 7-10), pushing the streak to four-straight seasons of finishing in the top three of the league standings – the longest such current streak for any conference team. The four-year top-three finish streak is also the longest such streak in program history.
A WIN WOULD: A victory would give the Broncos 23 wins, which would tie for the fourth-most wins in a season in program history. The most wins in the Leon Rice era (and is tied for the school record) came in the 2014-15 season when the team went 25-9.
The 13 conference wins would also be the fourth time in program history that the team won 13 regular season league games, joining the 2014-15 (14-4), 1988-89 (13-3) and 1987-88 (13-3) seasons.
A victory would also give the Broncos a 15-1 record in home games at Taco Bell Arena this season, which would tie for the second-most home wins in single-season school history.
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