Seniors Lead Broncos to Win Over Wyoming
March 3, 2018

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BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State's trio of seniors Chris Sengfelder, Lexus Williams and Chandler Hutchison led the Broncos to a 95-87 victory over Wyoming on Senior Night at Taco Bell Arena on Saturday.

"The environment is special here; the way that the community rallies around their student athletes and gets behind them," Hutchison said after the game. "The support has been over the top from what I have expected. This year by far has had the most excitement that has been around the basketball program."

On a night where the three seniors were recognized in their final game at Taco Bell Arena, they came to play, as Sengfelder led all scorers with 24 points and seven rebounds. It was his fourth 20-point plus performance of the year.

The three combined to score 57 of the team's 95 points (60 percent).

Williams was not far behind, as he tied his career-high mark of 22 points, previously set on Jan. 15, 2014 at Detroit while he was with Valparaiso. Williams was also a clutch 12-for-12 from the free throw line on the night, while adding five assists.

"It has been a special year, and I am so happy I have made this decision [to transfer to Boise State]," Williams said. "It has been more than I could ever ask for, as I have been saying all year. This experience is something that I will cherish for the rest of my life."

Despite having foul trouble, Hutchison finished the day with 11 points and six rebounds in just 21 minutes of play.

Sophomore Justinian Jessup also finished in double-figures, with 15 points, two three-pointers and four rebounds.

The Broncos shot well on the day as they were 30-for-60 from the field, 8-for-18 from behind the arc and 27-for-34 from the charity stripe.

In a first half where fouls were called on both sides early and often, both teams got into the bonus and double bonus early on.

The Broncos jumped out to a first-high 16-point lead, 21-5 in the first eight minutes of play. Despite the foul trouble that ensued for both sides early, as the Broncos were in the bonus with 8:53 to play and the Cowboys were in the bonus with 8:12 to play, the Broncos were able to keep their lead down the stretch, as they led by 13 at the half, 47-34.

At the half, Williams led all scorers with 16 points, while Sengfelder followed with 12 points and Hutchison eight. In the second half the Broncos started back up where they left off, seeing their lead jump back up to 16, 36-52 on an and-one by Jessup with 18:18 left in the game.

Despite foul trouble for the Broncos, as Hutchison, Hobbs and Jessup each had four fouls with over seven minutes to play in the second half, the Broncos jumped out to a game-high lead of 17 with a made free throw by Zach Haney with 3:30 left, 84-67.

Down the stretch both sides continued to trade fouls, as the Cowboys cut the lead to eight with 58 seconds left in the game, 92-84. However, both sides traded free throws in the last minute and the Broncos held on to that eight-point lead, 95-87.

On the day there were 54 total fouls called, 29 on Wyoming and 25 on the Broncos. 56 total free throws were taken on the day. The Broncos were 27-of-34 on the line for the day, while the Cowboys were 11-for-22.

Justin James led the Cowboys in scoring with 24 points and six rebounds, while Hayden Dalton had 22 points.

The team will now prepare for the conference tournament where they will be the No. 2 seed playing on March 8 at 6 p.m. PT against either the No. 7 or 10 seed in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center.

"I am trying to get a ring," Sengfelder said when asked about the conference tournament. "And so are all of us and that is probably the most important part going down to Vegas... The focus was all about getting a "W" here tonight and going to Vegas."

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