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Mountain West’s top scorer won’t play against Boise State

Wyoming senior guard Josh Adams, driving here against Air Force earlier this season, has been suspended for Saturday’s game against Boise State.
Wyoming senior guard Josh Adams, driving here against Air Force earlier this season, has been suspended for Saturday’s game against Boise State.

The Mountain West announced Friday afternoon it has suspended Wyoming senior guard Josh Adams for Saturday’s game against Boise State.

Citing “accumulated violations of Mountain West Rule 4 — Sportsmanship,” Adams was given a one-game suspension hours after Wyoming initially stated he would not start, but would play. Adams has three technical fouls called against him this season, including one Wednesday in a loss against Nevada.

Adams leads the team and is fifth nationally with 24.6 points per game and is tops on the team with 5.7 rebounds per game, 71 assists and 23 steals. Last season, he had 16 points in the Cowboys’ win Jan. 10, 2015 over Boise State in Laramie, and 27 points March 13 in their overtime win in the Mountain West tournament semifinals.

“They’ve got one of the premier guards on the West Coast in Josh,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said Friday morning. “... he was a big part of why they willed themselves to the NCAA Tournament, and I credit Josh with that.”

Adams accounts for 35.5 percent of Wyoming’s per game scoring and has six games of 32 or more points this season, including a season-high 38 on Jan. 16 at New Mexico.

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