Wyoming upset No. 25 Boise State in the Mountain West Semifinals in Las Vegas on Friday, beating the Broncos, 71-66, in overtime. Junior guard Josh Adams led Wyoming to victory, finishing with a game-high 27 points on 9-of-15 shooting to go with five rebounds, three steals and an assist. He also played a game-high 45 minutes.
“It was really just what they were giving me,” Adams said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “I was hitting open shots tonight. My team provided me with a lot of those open looks. On the other end of the floor, defense is what we pride ourselves on, so we were just sitting down and guarding.”
Wyoming allowed 38 points in the first half but just 19 in the second, as Boise State shot 22-of-57 (38.6 percent) from the floor overall, including 10-of-27 (37 percent) from three-point range.
“We eliminated some of the three-point looks (in the second half),” Adams said. “They were knocking them down. They’re a great team, a very good shooting team. Nick Duncan was knocking them down (and) wound up getting some open looks. So we eliminated some of those threats in the second half and made them put the ball on the floor, and some of the shots weren’t going for them and went in our favor.”
Duncan and Derrick Marks combined for 28 points for Boise, but they needed 30 shots to get there. Adams, on the other hand, was efficient from every spot on the floor. Larry Nance Jr. added 20 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals for Wyoming (24-9, 11-7), which played its fourth overtime game of the season.
The Cowboys are now 3-1 in the extra session.
“I think it was our experience as a team,” Adams said of the key to victory Friday. “We have five seniors. (I’ve) been here three years. Jason (McManamen) has been here three years. We have a lot of experience. This year, we win the triple overtime at Fresno. We win the overtime with New Mexico. So we’re not strangers to it. We were just able to sit down for a little bit longer and guard for a little bit longer than they were, and the ball rolled in our favor tonight.”
Wyoming played Boise State just once during the regular season, winning at home, 65-54, on Jan. 10.
“That was really early in the year before they found their groove,” Adams said. “They were high-rolling when they came in, and we knew it was going to be a tough battle. We just got in a dog fight with them, and we grinded it out.”
Boise had won 15 of its previous 16 games entering Friday.
The Cowboys will play San Diego State (26-7, 14-4) in the Mountain West Championship on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET. San Diego State beat Colorado State, 56-43, in the semis.
Wyoming went 0-2 against San Diego State this season, losing at home, 60-52, on Jan. 14, and on the road, 67-41, on Feb. 11.
“At this point, it doesn’t really matter to us (who we play),” Adams said. “We’re going to come in and approach the game the same way. It’s going to be a dog fight in the championship and it should be an eventful watch.”