Cowboys Corral Broncos in Fourth Straight Road Win
The hot-shooting Wyoming Cowboys picked up their fourth consecutive road victory with a 75-64 victory over the Boise State Broncos Saturday afternoon in Idaho. UW shot almost 66 percent from the field and had three players score in double figures.
Wyoming’s (17-4, 3-2) fifth win on the road this season is the most in a single season since 2002-03. The last time the Cowboys won four straight away from home was during the 1990-91 season.
Luke Martinez scored 17 points, Pako Cruz had 16 and Leonard Washington finished with 10 to lead Wyoming. Adam Waddell scored 9, while Freshmen Larry Nance, Jr. and Riley Grabau contributed 8 points apiece.
Three Broncos scored in double figures, as well, led by Joe Hanstad with 13 off the bench. Ryan Watkins scored 12 and Tre Nichols had 11.
The Cowboys led from start to finish. Three early 3-pointers by Martinez, Cruz and Washington helped UW to an early 12-4 advantage. The Pokes went on a 17-6 run that was keyed by Waddell. He had a dunk, hit a jumper and drew two offensive fouls during the spurt. The run was capped by another Martinez 3 that put Wyoming ahead 29-14 with 2:45 left in the first half. They were up 33-20 at the break.
Early 3-point plays by Washington and JayDee Luster in the second half built the lead to 40-22. Washington’s second 3-point play of the second half at the 10:57 mark gave the Cowboys their biggest lead at 53-31. Back-to-back 3’s from Grabau kept UW up by 20 with around 9 minutes to play.
That’s when Boise State rallied. The Broncos converted three Wyoming turnovers into easy baskets and cut the Cowboy lead to 61-49 with 5:10 left. Boise State pulled within 11 points on four different occasions, but UW held off the charge and posted their second road win in conference action, 75-64.
The Pokes were 25-38 from the field for 65.8 percent, which included 8-14 (57 percent) from beyond the arc. They hit 17-19 from the foul line (89.5 percent) and out-rebounded the Broncos 24-16.
Boise State (10-10,0-5) shot nearly 47 percent (22-47) from the field, but were held to 29 percent (7-24) from long range. They were 13-16 (81.5 percent) from the charity stripe.
Wyoming returns to action Wednesday night with their second straight road game at TCU. Game time is at 6 pm, Mountain Time. Coverage begins at 5:30 pm on KCGY (FM 95.1), with another edition of Cowboy Talk to follow the broadcast.