Pokes Wrap Up Regular Season on Saturday at Boise State

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LARAMIE– The Pokes head to Boise State to wrap up the regular season on Saturday at 5 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho.

The stakes are high for Wyoming, as with a win or a San Diego State loss, the Pokes would earn the final bye in the Mountain West Tournament next week. Wyoming is tied for fifth in the MW with SDSU at 10-7 in the conference.

The Pokes defeated Boise State by a score of 79-78 in overtime on Jan. 6 in Laramie. The Cowboys erased a 16-point deficit in the game.

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How to Watch or Listen to the Game

The contest will be televised on AT&T SportsNet with Drew Goodman on the play-by-play and Joe Cravens on color. Fans can listen and follow live stats on GoWyo.com.

The game will be broadcast live on radio over the 25 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network. Dave Walsh will have the play-by-play alongside Kevin McKinney on the color.

A Look at the Matchup

The Cowboys are 19-11 overall and 10-7 in the MW and are winners of two-straight after defeating Air Force by a score of 66-54 on Wednesday. The Pokes have held teams under 70 points in back-to-back games for the first time since the first four games of the season.

Wyoming has hit 271 three pointers this season for third in single season-school history. The Pokes average nine three pointers per game for fifth in the MW and No. 55 in the nation.

The Cowboys are fifth in the nation and second in the conference behind UNLV with 556 made free throws.

The Broncos are 22-7 overall and 12-5 in the Mountain West and have locked down the second seed for the MW Tournament. Boise State leads the Mountain West and ranks No. 12 in the nation holding opponents to 31 percent from the three point line.

BSU has made 281 three pointers as a team this season for third in the MW.

Boise State leads the MW and ranks eighth in the nation with a +7.9 rebound margin this season. Boise State grabs 38.4 rebounds per game for second in the league and No. 44 in the nation.

UW’s Leaders

The Pokes are led in scoring by junior guard Justin James at 18.9 points per game. That number ranks third in the MW and No. 72 in the nation. James has been solid on the road this season averaging over 22 points per game this season.

Senior forward Hayden Dalton adds 18.0 points per game and has scored 20 or more points in nine of his last 12 games. He has made 21 three pointers in his last five contests. He also leads the Pokes in rebounding at 8.1 per game for fifth in the MW.

Senior forward Alan Herndon adds 11.5 points per game and leads the MW in blocks this season with 68, which ranks No. 20 in the nation. His 2.3 blocks per game also leads the league and ranks No. 28 in the nation.

Senior guard Louis Adams averages 9.9 points per game off the bench, he earned the start on Senior Night on Wednesday adding 12 points.

BSU’s Leaders

Boise State is led by Chandler Hutchison, who leads the Broncos in scoring at 19.8 points per game, rebounds at 7.7 per night and assists with 99 on the season.

Justinian Jessup adds 11.6 points per game and has hit 82 three pointers this season. He has hit 46 percent of his three point attempts for third in the MW and No. 11 in the nation.

About the Series

The Cowboys lead the all-time series 14-12 in a series that dates back to 1979. The Pokes rallied back from a 16-point deficit to beat the Broncos in overtime in Laramie on Jan. 6. The Pokes are 4-7 all-time against the Broncos in Boise.

Up Next

Wyoming will head to the Mountain West Tournament in Las Vegas next week. The date, time and opponent has yet to be determined.