Final OT

Wyoming 74

(9-10, 2-4 MW)

Colorado State 75

(11-8, 3-3 MW)

    9:00 PM ET, January 31, 2004

    Moby Arena, Fort Collins, Colorado

    1 2 OT T
    WYO 31 36 774
    CSU 40 27 875

    Colorado State 75, Wyoming 74 (OT)

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- Dwight Boatner hit a layup with 4.3 seconds left in overtime and Matt Williams had 15 points as Colorado State defeated Wyoming 75-74 Saturday night.

    Boatner, who had 11 points, came up with the ball after teammate Michael Morris knocked it away from Wyoming's Jay Straight, seconds after Straight had stolen the ball from Morris.

    "Jay did the right thing," Wyoming coach Steve McClain said. "He backed it out and they just run from behind and hit him. But again, that's part of it."

    In the closing seconds, Boatner tossed a running, wild shot that missed the rim and bounced off the backboard right back to him to set up the game-winner for Colorado State (11-8, 3-3 Mountain West).

    Williams was 11-for-14 from the free throw line in the third consecutive overtime game for the Rams. Morris added 10 points for CSU.

    Straight had 26 points and Alex Dunn 12 for Wyoming (9-10, 2-4). The Cowboys had won seven straight regular season meetings, three straight in Fort Collins before the loss.

    "There were a lot of big plays, and we had our opportunities," McClain said.

    "Defensively, we got stops every time we needed to get one. ... It's disappointing. We had it right in our hands. We just have to make sure we get back, get refocused and get ready for a hard road trip (to league-leading Air Force)."

    David Rottinghaus put the Cowboys up 74-72 with a pair of free throws with 1:36 left in overtime. Morris made it a one-point game by hitting 1 of 2 free throws with 1:19 to go, then each team failed to score.

    Ryan Wildenborg missed a short shot for Wyoming, and Boatner and Ronnie Clark both failed to connect for CSU before Morris and Straight traded turnovers to set up Boatner's game-winner.

    David Adams missed a shot for Wyoming as time ran out.

    Wyoming gained the upper hand in overtime when Straight hit a 3-pointer and Omoniyi Makun made a dunk with 2:29 left, putting the Cowboys up 72-68. Makun was assessed a technical foul for hanging on the rim and the Rams tied it on two free throws by Williams and a layup by Clark.

    "Those officials made a lot of big calls," McClain said of the technical. "That's a judgment. You've got to live with it and move on."

    McClain said free throw discrepancy was a big factor.

    "We go to the line 13 times and they go 36 times and we were driving it just as hard as they were."

    Wyoming blew a five-point lead with 2:06 left in regulation after baskets by Joe Ries and Straight. Williams made three free throws and, with 43 seconds left, Boatner hit two foul shots to tie it 67-all.

    Colorado State had a chance to win in regulation, but Morris threw up an air ball at the buzzer after Straight turned the ball over.

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