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Wyoming vs Utah State Game Recap

The Wyoming Cowboys squeaked out a win against Utah State 65-63 and advances to play top ranked Boise State in the Mountain West Tournament Semi-finals.

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This game was a battle and when all was said and done Larry Nance Jr. & Co. came out on top. Teams exchanged runs back and forth resulting in 16 lead changes and seven ties. Wyoming, led by Josh Adams with 19 points and six assists, was able pull away late and hold off a last ditch effort by Utah State. Charles Hankerson Jr.added a career high 16 points. Wyoming Struggled from Behind the arc making only 5 of 17.

Utah State's balanced scoring attack was led by the usual duo of Jalen Moore and and David Collette who had 17 and 11 points respectively. Collette was in foul trouble picking up his third foul just over two minutes into the second half, which limited his minutes the rest of the game.

Wyoming started the game slow shooting 2-10 from behind the arc but multiple offensive rebound kept the game incredibly close with neither team leading by more than four points. Utah State took its largest lead of the night after Chris Smith hit a three to go up 41-34 with 14:31 left in the second half.

Wyoming immediately responded with a 12-0 run with ten of those points scored by Hankerson Jr. Later in the half Wyoming opened there largest lead of the night when a Josh Adams dunk made it 62-53 with just under two minutes two play. Late threes by Jalen Moore and Darius Perkins allowed the Aggies to be in position for a last second heave which Jalen Moore missed.

Wyoming will now face top seeded Boise State tomorrow night at 7p.m. MT. Boise State faced a tougher than expected test in Air Force earlier in the day Thursday. Coincidentally enough Wyoming is the only conference team that Boise State Hasn't beat yet this year and with Wyoming beginning to click on all cylinders and Nance rounding back into pre-illness shape this game sets up to be quiet the show down.