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Wyoming 79, Winthrop 49

12/20/2003

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- David Adams kept up his blistering scoring
on Saturday, sinking 17 points in Wyoming's 79-49 win over Winthrop
and bringing his three-game tally to 61 points.

Mory Correa led the Cowboys (6-3) with 18 points, while Jay
Straight had 15 assists -- a school record. The previous record of
14 assists was set by Mike Jackson against Colorado in 1983.

The Eagles (5-3) fell behind 15-0 in the game's opening minutes,
missing 13 attempts. Torrell Martin got them on the scoreboard with
11:30 left in the half, scoring a 3-point jump shot.

Martin went on to score 12 points to lead Winthrop, which had no
other players in double figures.

Despite the early setback, Winthrop did not give up in the final
minutes of the half and pared down Wyoming's lead to 32-25 at the
break.

"You knew at some point they were going to make some shots,"
Wyoming head coach Steve McClain said. "They knocked down some
3-pointers that kept them in the game the first half."

Wyoming was off again early in the second half, riding a 15-4
run that gave the Cowboys a 47-29 lead. Their lead only widened
from there and Winthrop never got back into contention.

Besides his 17 points, Adams had nine rebounds for Wyoming. Tim
Henry added 12 points and Straight 10.

After scoring 72 percent against Tennessee State on Wednesday,
Wyoming slacked to just 36 percent (9 of 25) in the first half. The
Pokes improved to 69 percent (20 of 29) in the second to average
53.7 percent.

McClain was not disappointed with his team's scoring strategy,
however. "We were sharing it and we weren't shooting it that well,
but we kept sharing it. Sometimes when you give the ball up and
guys miss shots then you have a tendency to get away from that,"
he said.

Winthrop averaged 30.8 percent. The Eagles made 31.3 percent (10
of 32) in the first half and 30.3 (10 of 33) in the second.

After Martin, Billy Houston scored 8 points and Tyrone Walker 7.