Inspired to get back on the floor after a wild three days in which forward James Webb III’s seemingly game-winning shot Wednesday was waved off, Boise State hammered Wyoming 94-71 on Saturday at Taco Bell Arena.
Boise State (17-9, 8-5), which had lost four of its last five coming into Saturday's game, never trailed as five players scored 11 or more points, led by Webb’s 21 points and 11 rebounds. Senior guards Mikey Thompson and Lonnie Jackson added 16 points apiece.
Wyoming (12-14, 5-8), which did not have senior guard Josh Adams in Jan. 23's meeting between the two teams, was led by 16 points from the nation's third-leading scorer. Adams made 1-of-9 field goals in the first half, but 5-of-6 in the final 20 minutes. The Broncos' 94 points were the most the Cowboys have allowed in regulation this season.
In the second half, Boise State had a 17-5 rebounding advantage and was 14-of-14 on its free throws, turning a 37-29 lead at the half into a rout.
Halftime: Playing some inspired minutes after a wacky week, the Boise State men’s basketball team led 37-29 at halftime Saturday against Wyoming.
Boise State, which has lost four its last five games coming into Saturday, did not trail in the first half, getting 11 points from senior guard Lonnie Jackson, who had 21 points against Wyoming last month. Junior forward James Webb III had seven points and eight rebounds.
Wyoming shot just 28 percent (7-of-25) in the first half, including a 1-of-9 showing from senior guard Josh Adams, who did not play in the first meeting. Eight Broncos scored in the first 20 minutes.
Pregame: After three days of debate on James Webb III’s supposed-to-be game-winner, Boise State is back on the floor for a 2 p.m. tipoff Saturday against Wyoming, televised on CBS Sports Network.
Though the Mountain West admitted his shot at the end of the first overtime Wednesday should have counted, and therefore should have been a Boise State win, it won’t retroactively hand the victory to the Broncos.
Boise State (16-9, 7-5) defeated Wyoming (12-13, 5-7) in their previous meeting this season, an 81-71 Boise State win on Jan. 23, but the Cowboys were missing Josh Adams, the No. 3 scorer in the nation. I did a Q&A with Robert Gagliardi of WyoSports.net, check it out here.