Strong First Half Leads Boise State Past Wyoming [VIDEOS]
Poor perimeter shooting hurt the Wyoming Cowboys in their second home loss during conference play Saturday, 80-65 to Boise State.
The Cowboys missed their first 14 shots from 3-point range. Meanwhile, Boise State knocked down seven in the first half and built a 42-28 lead by the break.
Wyoming was never able to make a serious push in the second half. They were only able to put together five straight points once and that was late in the game. Once the Broncos lead reached 20 in the second half, the Cowboys failed to get closer than 12 the rest of the game.
Senior Jason McManamen and sophomore Jordan Naughton both said the poor shooting wasn’t key. It was their lack of effort and energy on the defensive end.
Cowboys head coach Allen Edwards aslo felt the difference goes back to the defensive end.
Edwards also felt a lack of shot-making played a role in what happened on defense.
Boise State (13-7, 6-3) had three players in double figures. James Reid had 16 points, Paris Austin 15 off the bench and Chandler Hutchison added 14 points. The Broncos shot 42 percent for the game. They went 12-27, 44 percent, from beyond the arc. Boise State also had a 42-31 edge in rebounding.
Wyoming (14-8, 4-5) shot 40 percent from the field. They were led by Louis Adams with 12 points, while Jason McManamen scored 11 with Alan Herndon and Jordan Naughton added 10 each. UW went 3-of-21, 14 percent, from deep.
The Broncos took control with a 22-4 run in the first half. The Cowboys went nearly six minutes without a point during that time. Boise State shot 48.5 percent in the first half compared to 33 percent for UW.
Wyoming heads on the road for their next two games. The Pokes play at San Diego State Tuesday night. The game starts at 9 p.m., Mountain Time.