The Wyoming men’s basketball team will need help if it wants to receive a first-round bye at the Mountain West tournament. The Cowboys fell 95-87 on Saturday at Boise State, ending their regular season at 19-12 overall, 10-8 in conference play.
Wyoming would have clinched the No. 5 seed at the conference tournament with a win. Now, the only way for Cowboys to do that would be for San Diego State to lose late Saturday to first-place Nevada.
Wyoming would hold the tiebreaker over San Diego State because of its win over Nevada. The Cowboys and Aztecs split their two regular-season meetings.
Boise State got out to a 21-5 lead in Saturday’s game, as Wyoming went more than 5 minutes between its first and second baskets and nearly 3 minutes between its second and third.;
However, Wyoming went on a 10-2 run to get back within eight points of the Broncos. The Cowboys would only get within single digits twice more before halftime, however.
The Broncos (23-7, 13-5), who finished the year second in the Mountain West, extended their lead to as many as 17 early in the second half with an 8-2 burst.
A 5-0 run scored entirely by Wyoming senior Hayden Dalton got the Cowboys back within eight points in the final minute, but it was too little too late.
Dalton scored 22 points and had five rebounds in the game. Justin James scored 24 points, tied for a game high with Boise State’s Christian Sengfelder. Chandler Hutchison, the league’s leading scorer in conference play before this weekend, scored just points before fouling out. He played only 21 minutes. James had a team-high six rebounds, while Zach Haney led Boise State with nine.
The Cowboys shot 52.5 percent from the floor, boosted by a 63.3 percent second half. The Cowboys made 14-of-29 3-pointers in the game but hit just 11-of-22 free throws.
Boise State shot 50 percent from the field and hit 44.4 percent of its 3s. However, the Broncos took 34 free throws, making 27.