9:00 PM ET, January 12, 2004
Arena-Auditorium, Laramie, Wyoming
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- David Adams scored 24 points, including six of seven 3-pointers, as Wyoming beat New Mexico 82-77 in both teams' conference opener.The Cowboys (8-6, 1-0 Mountain West Conference) led the whole game except for about a minute spread over three intervals in the first half, which ended with a 41-36 Wyoming lead.Much of the Cowboys' effort in the second half Monday night was spent fending off New Mexico (9-5, 0-1), who regained ground early in the period on a 15-4 run that put them within 61-57.After Troy DeVries drained a 3-pointer to put the Lobos within three points, 71-68, Adams made two free throws and Alex Dunn sank a basket to widen Wyoming's lead to 75-68.The Lobos clawed back one last time before Jay Straight made 6 of 8 free throws in the final 22.5 seconds to ice the win for the Cowboys.Wyoming owed much of its second-half scoring to free throws, making 15 of 19 over the last 8:26. The Cowboys finished 20 of 35 from the charity stripe, compared to 16 of 26 for the Lobos."If you looked at their stats you knew you were going to have a hard time just shutting them down. I knew we had to come out and shoot well and I knew we had to be aggressive," Wyoming head coach Steve McClain said."New Mexico didn't make their free-throws. That was kind of the wash of the game."Adams' 24 points was a career high. Straight scored 21 points, including 11 of 16 from the free-throw line, and David Rottinghaus added 14 points."How long has it been since we had three guys in double figures? It's been four or five games," McClain said."It's been a good way to start off. Like I told the guys today, you've got to win at home in league play."Coming off two close road losses at Denver and Tennessee, Wyoming has yet to win away from home this season.Danny Granger led the Lobos with 30 points and 14 rebounds, followed by Alfred Neale with 14 points and DeVries with 10.Wyoming outshot New Mexico 55.1 percent to 52.9 percent.