No. 25 Pokes Fall at the gun 63-61, in MW Opener to Boise State

Laramie, Wyo. (Jan. 9, 2013) – Senior guard Derrious Gilmore scored 17 points for the 25th-ranked University of Wyoming men’s basketball team on Wednesday night against Boise State, but the Broncos hit a three as time expired to steal a 63-61 win in the Arena-Auditorium in the Mountain West opener for both squads. The loss snapped a 13-game winning streak for the Pokes (13-1, 0-1 MW), who were one of four undefeated teams left in the nation.

“I thought our guys played very similar to the way they have all year,” UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. “I thought we had great will. We were down seven with about three minutes to go and turned that around.

Both teams were very resilient tonight. I thought we lost the game on some loose balls. There were about three threes they made in this game where they picked up a loose ball, popped it over to a teammate and knocked in the shot. There is no question the three-ball beat us tonight.”

After trailing by seven with 2:47 left in the game, Wyoming crafted a 9-0 run to pull back in front 59-57 with 45 seconds left, which was capped by two free throws from sophomore guard Riley Grabau.

Boise State hit a three on its ensuing possession to retake the lead, but freshman guard Josh Adams calmly hit two free throws with nine seconds left for a 61-60 Wyoming lead. BSU would sink a corner three as the buzzer sounded, though, to give the Pokes their first loss since last season.

“This was a team effort for both teams tonight,” Shyatt said. “I thought their team played hard. I thought our team played hard. [Riley] Grabau hit two big free throws at the end.

Josh Adams hit two big free throws at the end. We put ourselves in a position, with seven and a half seconds to go, to win the game, but they (Boise State) took it away from us.”

Wyoming shot 51 percent (20-of-39) from the field and 44 percent (8-of-18) beyond the arc, as the Broncos connected on 46 percent (24-of-52) and 57 percent (11-of-19), respectively. BSU’s 57 percent beyond the arc and 11 threes were a season high for a UW opponent. The Broncos earned a 13-8 advantage in assists, but both teams had 25 rebounds and five steals.

Wyoming makes its first road trip during MW play by traveling to Nevada for a 4 p.m. game on Saturday.

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