On Wednesday night we saw the Cowboys 13 game winning streak come to an end as they suffered their first loss of the year. We knew Mountain West play would be tough this year. We didn't know exactly how tough it really would be.
Prior to the game starting it was announced that Boise State had left four players at home due to violating team rules. That group includes leading scorer Derrick Marks. Being without their top scorer and losing lots of depth would put most teams of contention. The Broncos (13-2, 1-0) hung tough and really controlled the flow of the game. They were hot shooting from the outside and really prevented the Wyoming offense from getting into a groove. Boise hit 11 of 19 shot attempts from behind the arc.
At halftime Wyoming (13-1, 0-1) was down by five points. The Pokes regrouped at halftime and came back to eventually take a 10 point lead in the second half. Unfortunately Boise was able to go on a run and take back the lead. Wyoming fought back to take a one point lead thanks to Josh Adams hitting two free throws with just eight seconds remaining. Unfortunately there was just enough time to find Jeff Elorriaga open in the corner for a three as time expired.
Derrious Gilmore led the way for Wyoming with 17 points. Josh Adams finished with twelve points and hit many clutch shots. He also had a highlight reel block that made SportsCenter. Leonard Washington got off to a slow start but finished with 12 points himself.
It always tough to lose such a close game. The end of the world is not here. There are still 15 conference games remaining and every single one will be tough. Wyoming can't expect to have an off night on either side of the ball and still think they can win. This team still showed plenty of fight the entire. Perhaps not having to worry about the streak will help take away some distractions and help the Pokes focus on the goal at hand.