There would be no letdown this time around for the Boise State Broncos against the Wyoming Cowboys on senior night.
The Broncos (23-7, 13-5) fell behind 3-2 a little over a minute into the game before reeling off a 19-2 run. Boise State never looked back in defeating the Cowboys 95-87 to close out regular season play for both teams.
On a night when fouls were the story for both teams, Chris Sengfelder paced the Broncos with 24 points. Fellow senior Lexus Williams tied a career-high with 22 points — including going 12-12 from the line — while dishing out five assists.
Chandler Hutchison was in foul trouble much of the night — fouling out with 3:13 left — and finished with 11 points on 4-11 shooting.
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Twelve players saw action for the Broncos in the first-half as five players picked up two or more fouls. Williams controlled much of the action, picking up 16 points in the frame.
The Cowboys (19-12, 12-8) started 2-14 from the field, but were able to shoot 10-15 the rest of the way. Despite Wyoming knocking down more shots, the Broncos were able to keep the lead between eight and 15 points.
Overall, 27 fouls were called in the first-half as the Broncos held a 47-34 lead.
It was the Justinian Jessup show to start the second-half. Jessup scored the first eight points for Boise State — and 11 of the team’s first 16 — as the lead grew to 17.
Three-point shooting kept Wyoming hanging around, but the Cowboys weren’t able to get the score under ten points until 58 seconds remaining on two Hayden Dalton free throws.
Free throws were key for the Broncos as Williams and Marcus Dickinson combined to go 11-12 from the line in the second-half.
Overall, Boise State shot 27-34 (79.4%) from the line and an even 50% from the field.
Jessup finished with 15 points, going a perfect 5-5 from the field after halftime. Zach Haney finished with eight points and nine rebounds.
The Broncos outrebounded the Cowboys 40-27 and shot 8-18 (44%) from 3-pt range while committing 12 turnovers.
Justin James paced Wyoming with 24 points while Dalton scored 22. The Cowboys knocked down 14 three-pointers on the night.
Boise State will open the Mountain West Conference tourney Thursday night as the second-seed. Play opens Wednesday from Las Vegas.