Wyoming didn’t come close to starting its first winning streak of the season Saturday.
A poor shooting performance from Justin James and the rest of the Cowboys coupled with another barrage of turnovers resulted in another lopsided loss on the road in Mountain West play. Wyoming scored its fewest points all season in a 77-52 loss to Boise State at Taco Bell Arena.
The Broncos (9-11, 4-3 MW) swept the season series after notching a 14-point win in the teams’ first meeting Jan. 2 in Laramie. Wyoming (5-15, 1-6) has lost three of its four league road games by at least 25 points.
Fresh off its first MW win Wednesday against San Jose State, Wyoming trailed 28-14 at the half, scoring its second-fewest points in a half this season. The Cowboys got within seven early in the second half, but Boise State, which shot 50 percent from the field in the second half and 48.3 percent for the game, used a 19-3 run midway through the second half to push its lead to as many as 31.
Wyoming will return to the Arena-Auditorium on Wednesday to face Fresno State.
“I just thought we got hit there in the second half and dug ourselves an even deeper hole,” Wyoming coach Allen Edwards said on postgame radio. “Then it was just too hard to recover from.”
“Even within the game, we’re going to get hit. My thing is we have to continue to keep fighting.”
RJ Williams finished 7 of 8 from the floor to lead three Boise State players in double figures with 18 points. Hunter Thompson had a game-high 19 points for Wyoming, but the Cowboys shot just 39.5 percent from the field, made just two of its 16 3-pointers and committed a season-high 24 turnovers leading to 21 points for the Broncos.
James matched his season-low with seven points, the same number he had when he went 1 of 14 from the field against Boise State the first time around. Saturday wasn’t any better for the MW’s leading scorer, who missed his first 13 shots, finished 2 of 17 from the field and was scoreless until a layup with 10:22 left.
“Obviously Justin James didn’t have a good night,” Edwards said. “I thought he forced a few up, but with his talent, I thought he was willing to take some shots. I thought on offense our guys were standing around and expecting him to be Superman a little bit to where they didn’t get involved.”
The Cowboys also struggled to hold their own again on the glass as Boise State outrebounded them 34-22. The Broncos pulled down 12 offensive boards against the team with the worst rebounding margin in the league and scored 16 second-chance points.