Pokes at Broncos on Saturday Looks to be Three-Point Contest

Feb. 11, 2016


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The University of Wyoming men's basketball team made a school-record 20 threes against Utah State last Saturday. Boise State nearly reached that mark as well with a school-record 18 at Colorado State last Wednesday. Now the question is how many will the two combine for when the Cowboys (12-13, 5-7 MW) face off with the Broncos (16-9, 7-5 MW) on Saturday at 2 p.m. MT in Taco Bell Arena. The shootout promises to be a close one, as five of the last seven meetings in the series have been decided by single digits.

Fans can follow live stats and audio of the contest through the gameday central page on GoWYO.com. The contest will be televised by CBS Sports Network (Charter: 634, DirecTV: 221) and broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network.

A Look at the Matchup
The Pokes and head coach Larry Shyatt moved up to seventh in the league standings at 12-13 overall and 5-7 in the conference after an 84-65 dismantling of Utah State last Saturday in the Arena-Auditorium. Wyoming connected on 20 threes to set team and facility records, while the mark also tied the MW's single-game record and the most in an NCAA game this season. The Pokes led by just one at halftime, 38-37, but exploded out of the gates in the second half with a 21-2 run to build a 59-39 advantage just eight minutes into the frame. Four-straight threes really showed the Cowboys were shooting lights out. The Cowboys hit 50 percent (28-of-56) from the field and a season-high 53 percent (20-of-38) beyond the arc for the game, including 60 and 59 percent, respectively, in the second half. Utah State made a respectable 48 percent (25-of-52) from the field and 47 percent (7-of-15) from three. The Cowboys earned a 34-27 advantage on the boards and tallied a season-high 18 assists, while committing just seven turnovers and holding the Aggies to just one second-chance point, a season low for a UW foe. On the season, Wyoming averages 69.9 points on 43 percent from the field and 37 percent from deep. The Cowboys rank second in the conference from three, while their 9.6 triples per game are first in the MW and 19th in the NCAA. Their 73 percent at the free-throw line is third in the league and 64th in the nation. Defensively, Wyoming allows 70.1 points on 43 and 33 percent, respectively. Wyoming's 18.3 fouls per game are third in the conference and 91st nationally.

Head coach Leon Rice and Boise State downed Wyoming 81-71 on Jan. 23, but are just 1-4 since then. The Broncos enter the weekend fourth in the league standings at 16-9 overall and 7-5 in conference play. Most recently, Boise State dropped a 97-93 double-overtime contest at Colorado State last Wednesday. The game featured 14 lead changes and 10 ties, before the Rams scored the first nine points of the second overtime to hold on for the win. Boise State made a school-record 18 threes on a season-high 51 percent (18-of-35) from deep. Overall, Boise State's 77.6 points per game are third in the MW, as is its plus 7.6 scoring margin leads the league. The Broncos hit 45 percent from the field, good for second in the league, while making 34 percent beyond the arc. BSU's 8.5 threes per game rank third in the MW and 58th in the NCAA, while its 11.4 turnovers are first and 55th, respectively. Defensively, the Broncos allow 70.0 points per game on 45 percent from the field and 35 percent from three. Boise State allows just 33.3 rebounds per game for second in the MW. BSU's plus 2.9 turnover margin is second in the conference and 25th in the NCAA.

Each Team's Leaders
Junior guard Jason McManamen continued his hot streak with a game-high 20 points and a career-high six threes against Utah State last Saturday. His 13.3 points per game are 13th in the Mountain West, as he had made 15 triples over the last three games. McManamen's team-high 45 percent beyond the arc ranks second in the MW and 21st in the NCAA, while his 2.8 triples per contest are third in the conference. The Cowboys are paced by senior guard Josh Adams, though, as he posted 19 points, including five threes, and a season-high seven assists versus the Aggies. His 24.7 points per game lead the MW and rank fourth in the NCAA, while he also paces Wyoming at 5.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. Adams' 2.9 threes per game are second in the league and 37th nationally, while his 37 percent from deep is fourth in the MW. Sophomore forward Alan Herndon contributed 12 points, a team-high seven rebounds and a block against Utah State. He averages 7.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.0 block per game, including nine stuffs over the last five games. Sophomores Jeremy Lieberman and Jonathan Barnes were UW's other starters versus the Aggies. Lieberman had 12 points and has started the last 10 games.

The Broncos are led by two preseason All-MW picks in redshirt junior forward James Webb III and redshirt senior guard Anthony Drmic. Webb finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and two blocks against the Rams, while Drmic came off the bench for 17 points and seven boards. Webb's 15.7 points per game are seventh in the MW, while his 9.1 rebounds are first in the league and 44th in the NCAA. He shoots 49 percent from the field for fourth in the conference. Drmic averages 12.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Junior forward Nick Duncan is right behind him at 11.8 points and 4.0 rebounds, as his 2.1 triples per game are fifth in the MW. Redshirt senior guard Mikey Thompson adds 12.3 points per contest, while his 4.2 assists per game are second in the league and his 2.1 assist-turnover ratio is second. He had 20 points and seven assists versus the Rams. Redshirt senior guard Montigo Alford posted a career-high 25 points, including seven threes, against the Rams. He averages 3.8 points per game.

About the Series
The Pokes lead the all-time series with the Broncos, 13-9, including a 4-5 mark in Boise. The two squads have split the last six contests, though, with each winning three and five of the last seven being decided by single digits. In the last meeting between the two, Wyoming dropped an 81-71 home contest on Jan. 23. The Pokes were within four points with 3:31 remaining, but the Broncos closed the game on a 12-6 run. McManamen had a career-high 25 points for the Cowboys, who played without Adams due to a one-game suspension.

Up Next
Wyoming hosts Fresno State on Wednesday at 7 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or online at GoWYO.com.