LARAMIE, Wyo. — Hayden Dalton had 29 points and 12 rebounds and Justin James scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half to help Wyoming overcome a 16-point halftime deficit for a 79-78 overtime win over Boise State on Saturday night.
Cody Kelley scored four of his nine points in the final 66 seconds and added five rebounds and four assists for the Cowboys. James, who has 1,002 career points, became the 36th Wyoming (11-5, 2-1 Mountain West) player to score 1,000 points.
Chandler Hutchison hit a jumper to give Boise State (13-3, 3-1) a three-point lead with 2:59 left in overtime, but the Broncos went 0 for 4 from the field from there. Louis Adams hit two free throws and Kelley hit a 3-pointer to give Wyoming a 78-76 lead with 1:06 to play and neither team scored again until Kelley made 1-of-2 free throws with four seconds left. Hutchison hit two free throws but, after a Wyoming turnover, his heave at the buzzer fell short.
Hutchison hit 14-of-20 free throws and led Boise State with 27 points, but made just 6 of 19 from the field. Zach Haney added 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting.
Dalton converted a 3-point play during an 11-0 run to open the second half that pulled the Cowboys within five points, and James and Hunter Maldonado each hit a 3-pointer during an 11-2 spurt that made it 49-all with 13 minutes left in regulation. Kelley hit a free throw to give Wyoming a 57-56 lead, its first, about five minutes later.
Hutchison hit two free throws to give Boise State a 70-68 lead with 31 seconds left but, after James tied it with a layup on the other end, his potential winning layup attempt was in-and-out.