After a hard-fought game in Las Vegas, Boise State dropped the Mountain West Semifinal game to Wyoming, 71-66. The Broncos built a large lead in the first half, but could not hold on in the end against the Cowboys.
The Broncos started the game strong against the Cowboys, building a 12 point lead through the first half. As halftime neared, Wyoming went on a 10-0 run, pulling within two going into the half.
Momentum carried with the Cowboys coming into the second half. Wyoming held the Broncos to one of nine shooting out of the gate. Fortunately for the Broncos, Wyoming was not able to build on their lead, building a 6 point advantage.
The Broncos were able to close the gap in the final three minutes. After Wyoming’s Josh Adams sank two free throws with 30 seconds left, Derrick Marks put a layup off the glass that was tipped in by James Webb.
The tip tied the game up at 57, sending the two teams into overtime.
In overtime, Wyoming pulled ahead by three before Marks tied the game up at 60. With the shot clock expiring, Jason McManaman threw up a deep three and banked it in the basket, giving the Cowboys a 66-62 lead, which all but sealed the game.
With Selection Sunday looming, the Broncos should be locked into the Dance. Their seeding will most likely drop from 10 after tonight’s loss.