Boise State looked like a promising team out of the Mountain West when regular season play started, but after losing four straight games including today's match up with Wyoming, many wonder if they can make it through conference play. After an exciting back and forth first half that had the Bronco’s in front by one at intermission, Wyoming in the end proved their capability of winning close games which they did by a score of 65-54.
Cowboy forward Larry Nance Jr. had a tremendous game in front of the home crowd accounting for a double double with eighteen points and ten rebounds. Joining him on the offensive side were guard Josh Adams and Riley Grabau accounting for 16 and 15 buckets.
It seemed as though the only players that did come to play for the Broncos today was forward James Webb III and guard Derrick Marks, scoring 15 and 16 buckets. No other player had more than seven points for Boise State today, even though they have the 60th ranked field goal percentage in the land. In my opinion, this game was altered by two statistics, rebounding and bench play.
Wyoming out rebounded Boise State 30-19 with six offensive boards. Even though the Boise State bench outscored the Cowboys 6-5, the game could have really turned one way or the other with some offensive fireworks from the bench. A good showing from just one bench player for the Broncos tonight could have halted their losing streak at 3 and pick up their ever so helpful first conference victory.
For the Cowboys, a little help from their bench players may have made this game not as close as it was. Nevertheless, Wyoming is 15-2 and undefeated so far in Conference play and a marquee matchup with San Diego State on Wednesday. For Bronco fans, maybe a win at UNLV will make them feel a little happier because the NIT is looking right back at them in the rear view mirror.