Before the game even started you knew it would be tough game for Wyoming. Sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr. warmed up with the team but was unable to play due to a sore wrist. That mean the shorthanded Pokes were down a key starter and were also going to have a much smaller lineup. Freshman Jason McManamen got his first start as Wyoming went with a four guard lineup.
The offense struggled for the Pokes in first half as only Leonard Washington and Derrious Gilmore were able to score. Wyoming shot just 36% from the field, 18% from 3 point and only hit one of three free throw attempts. Meanwhile Boise State got off to a hot start thanks to shooting 56% from the field.