In a night of college basketball that was exciting from start to finish, those on the east coast may overlook or miss out on some incredible and exciting late night hoops that occur out west.
Well, the Mountain West Conference is sure to provide tons of thrills this season and the conference’s opening night of league action was stocked to the brim.
On the road and facing an undefeated opponent, Boise State managed to make the statement of the evening, improving to 13-2 overall with a buzzer beating victory over Wyoming. In turn, the Cowboys, who now stand at 13-1 on the season, fell from the ranks of the unbeaten, leaving only three such programs to hold undefeated marks as of the morning of Jan. 10.
Down by one with the final seconds dwindling away, the Broncos pushed the ball and got a right side drive to the basket. Help defense by Wyoming forced a kick out to the red-hot Jeff Elorriaga, who buried the game-winning shot as time expired. In the contest, Elorriaga was 6-of-10 from the field, a stat that also represented his statistics from beyond the arc.
Take a look at the final possession below:
As the Mountain West continues to play out its conference schedule over the next two months, one constant theme is already recognized: there are no days off.
Wyoming will now face the task of regrouping and hitting the road to Nevada, a team that currently stands 9-6 on the season. As for the Broncos, they will return home to face New Mexico next Wednesday with a week to prepare for what will be considered another statement opportunity.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS