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MWC Semifinal Recap: Wyoming drains Boise State 71-66

Wyoming outlasts the final Bronco push to make it to the MWC Final.

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LAS VEGAS – In overtime, it was Jason McManamen who sank a huge 3-point to strike fear in the hearts of Boise State fans all over the nation.  The Cowboys outlasted the Broncos in overtime 71-66 and will meet the winner of the Colorado State/San Diego State game on Saturday at 3 p.m. PT on CBS.

Boise State started strong and had built a 12-point lead late in the first half. However, Josh Adams single-handedly kept the Pokes within reach, scoring an amazing 20 points in the first half (he would end with 27). The Pokes went on a huge 10-0 run with under a minute left to cut the Bronco lead to two going into halftime.

The momentum stayed in Wyoming's favor, as they took the lead early in the second half.  Boise State managed to find a way to stay in the game and tied the score with under three minutes left in the half.  Adams, who had been hot all night for the Pokes, missed a buzzer-beating three at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime.

Back and forth the game went in overtime until McManamen drained his largest bucket of the night, which sealed the win for the Pokes.

Other Notes:

  • We talk about how BSU, SDSU and New Mexico travel to the MWC Tournament.  What about the Pokes fans? They made up most of the crowd tonight and were LOUD.
  • Larry Nance, Jr. was great, but it was Josh Adams who really showed himself as one of the best players in the conference with 27 points.
  • Derrick Marks was quiet on his final night as a Bronco: only 17 points, and most of that came in the last 10 minutes of the game. Nick Duncan added 11 points of his own, however, no other Bronco hit the double-digit mark in points.
  • SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean still thinks the Broncos will make the NCAA Tournament:

Hold on to your seats folks, the Cowboys are going to make a final push, and if they win, who knows what will happen.