Boise State men's basketball beats Wyoming 72-63 minus Drmic

March 1, 2014 

Down 15-0 to open their game Saturday at Wyoming and without their top scorer, the Boise State Broncos responded with some of their best play of the season, earning a 72-63 win over the Cowboys. The 72 points were the second-most a team has scored in regulation this season against the Cowboys.

The Broncos (19-10, 9-7) missed their first four field goals, but made 27 of 44 after that, finishing 27-of-48 from the field (56.3 percent). Thomas Bropleh, making the start with Anthony Drmic out, tied a career-high with 20 points. Drmic (16.9 ppg) did not play with an ankle injury. Wyoming (17-12, 8-8) shot 66.7 percent in the first half, but just 27.3 percent in the last 20 minutes. Ryan Watkins added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Broncos, and sophomore Mikey Thompson also added 14 points in the win. Watkins broke the single-season Mountain West record for rebounds in a conference season. He has 199 — the previous record was 190, set by Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State), now with the San Antonio Spurs.

Halftime: The Boise State men's basketball team overcame another brutal road start to go to the half down 38-32 at Wyoming on Saturday. The Broncos trailed 15-0 to start the game and trailed by as much as 17, but the Boise State offense woke up. The Broncos shot 52.2 percent in the first half, led by Thomas Bropleh's 13 points. Wyoming shot 66.7 percent (16-of-24).

Pre-game: The Boise State men's basketball team will be without its top scorer Saturday at Wyoming, as junior Anthony Drmic appeared during warmups in street clothes. Drmic (17.9 points per game) injured his ankle midway through the second half Wednesday in a loss at Fresno State.

Boise State won at Wyoming last season on a last-second 3-pointer by Jeff Elorriaga. The Broncos were without key players Derrick Marks, Kenny Buckner and Mikey Thompson because of suspensions.

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