Boise State will have to wait until Selection Sunday to find out its fate.
The Broncos, a likely NCAA Tournament team, are on less firm ground after a 71-66 overtime loss to the Wyoming Cowboys on Friday in the Mountain West semifinals. Senior guard Derrick Marks struggled for the Broncos, shooting 6-of-21 from the field, scoring 17 points.
Wyoming got a bankshot 3-pointer with 39 seconds left in overtime for a four-point lead which proved to be the backbreaker. The Broncos also got 11 points from Nick Duncan and nine points and 12 rebounds from James Webb III.
Halftime: An otherwise excellent first half ended on a down note for the Boise State men's basketball team, as Wyoming went on a 10-0 run into the half, cutting the Boise State lead to 38-36 at the break.
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The Cowboys got 20 points from guard Josh Adams and nine points from forward Larry Nance Jr. Boise State was led by seven points apiece from senior Derrick Marks and freshman Chandler Hutchison. Both teams shot an identical 13-of-24 from the field (54.2 percent).
Pregame: At 7 p.m. MT Friday, the Bronco men (25-7) face the only Mountain West team that they have not defeated this season, the Wyoming Cowboys (23-9).
The two played Jan. 10 in Laramie, a 65-54 win for the Cowboys. But Derrick Marks and Nick Duncan were still recovering from ankle injuries, and players like Rob Heyer (nine minutes) and Chandler Hutchison (one minute) are playing bigger roles. Friday's game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
"It was so long ago, you watch that film, it's like wow, I didn't recognize our team," Boise State coach Leon Rice said. " they always present a unique challenge with their style of play."
Wyoming has a mix of a slow down style with some impressive athletes (check out this compilation of dunks). Senior forward Larry Nance Jr. is what Rice called "an elite" player who had a double-double in the teams' first meeting.
"They're an athletic team, their guards present some problems, and their bigs do also, Nance is such a complete player," Rice said.
To get to the semifinals, the Broncos beat Air Force with and without Marks.
With the success of his team, the football team's Fiesta Bowl win and the women's trip to the final, Rice said "this is the year of the Broncos ... it's exciting times."
MOUNTAIN WEST SCHEDULES
(at LAS VEGAS)
Wednesday’s first round
No. 9 Air Force 68, No. 8 New Mexico 61
No. 7 UNLV 67, No. 10 Nevada 46
No. 1 Boise State 80, No. 9 Air Force 68
No. 4 Wyoming 67, No. 5 Utah State 65
No. 2 San Diego State 67, No. 7 UNLV 64
No. 3 Colorado State 71, No. 6 Fresno State 59
No. 1 Boise State (25-7) vs. No. 4 Wyoming (23-9), 7 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
No. 2 San Diego State (25-7) vs. No. 3 Colorado State (27-5), 9:30 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
TBD, 4 p.m. (CBS)
(At LAS VEGAS)
Monday’s first round
No. 8 San Jose State 99, No. 9 Utah State 85
No. 7 San Diego State 70, No. 10 Nevada 48
No. 6 Wyoming 70, No. 11 Air Force 48
No. 8 San Jose State 64, No. 1 Colorado State 55
No. 4 Boise State 64, No. 5 UNLV 46
No. 2 New Mexico 57, No. 7 San Diego State 56
No. 3 Fresno State 74, No. 6 Wyoming 66
No. 4 Boise State 76, No. 8 San Jose State 67
No. 2 New Mexico 64, No. 3 Fresno State 53
No. 4 Boise State 66, No. 2 New Mexico 60; Boise State (22-10) advances to NCAA Tournament