LAS VEGAS -
Junior guard Josh Adams and Larry Nance Jr. combined for 47 points to help the University of Wyoming men's basketball team topple No. 25 Boise State, 71-66, in overtime during Friday's Mountain West Championship semifinals in the Thomas & Mack Center. The fourth-seeded Cowboys (24-9) clinched the win on a banked-in three from redshirt sophomore guard Jason McManamen to break a seven-game winning streak for top-seeded Boise State (25-8) and advance to the MW's title game for just the second time in school history.
After trailing by 12 in the first half, the Pokes crafted a 19-3 run before and after halftime to go up 45-41 six minutes in to the second half. Wyoming extended the lead to as much as six with eight minutes left, but the Broncos battled back to send the game to overtime at 57-57. The Cowboy were up by one in the extra frame, before McManamen's triple with 40 seconds left put them ahead 66-62. Free throws from Nance and senior guard Riley Grabau would seal UW's first victory over a ranked foe on a neutral court since a 73-66 upset of No. 6 Gonzaga in the 2002 NCAA tournament.
"Well, the first thing that comes to mind was it sounded, audio wise, like a game in Laramie," UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. "Really pleased our fans came out. I'm really happy for these guys. There's never been a game this year I've ever questioned their try. They have great try. When they're up, when they're down. So I'm happy for them. I think they're happy to be in the championship, but I don't think they're ready to settle for anything less than a championship victory."
Adams poured in a season-high 27 points for his seventh 20-point effort this season, while Nance added 20 as well, his 10th game with at least that many this season. Adams added five rebounds and three steals in 45 minutes, while Nance contributed four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 44 minutes. Grabau posted 13 points, including an 8-of-8 showing at the free throw line, and senior guard Charles Hankerson Jr. had five assists.
Wyoming shot 46 percent (22-of-48) from the field, 35 percent (6-of-17) beyond the arc and 78 percent (21-of-27) at the free throw line, while holding Boise State to 39 percent (22-of-57) from the field and 37 percent (10-of-27) from deep. The Broncos went 7-of-13 from three in the first half, but just 3-of-14 the rest of the game. BSU outrebounded UW, 33-28, but committed 26 fouls to just 17 for UW. Both teams committed 16 turnovers, as the two combined for 34 points off turnovers.
The Cowboys will square off with the winner of San Diego State and Colorado in the title game on Saturday at 4 p.m. MT on CBS.