Colorado State 56

(9-10, 1-5 MW)

Wyoming 69

(11-8, 3-3 MW)

    3:00 PM ET, January 29, 2005

    Arena-Auditorium, Laramie, Wyoming

    1 2 T
    CSU 30 2656
    WYO 22 4769

    Top Performers

    Colorado St: M. Nelson 15 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Wyoming: J. Straight 12 Pts, 9 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl

    Wyoming 69, Colorado State 56

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- It was almost like Colorado State played against two teams on Saturday -- one in the first half, another in the second half -- and it was second-half Wyoming which won, 69-56.

    The Cowboys (11-8, 3-3 Mountain West Conference) sealed the win on six of six free throws and a last-second layup by Jay Straight.

    The end couldn't have been more different than the first two-thirds, which were dominated by the Rams (9-10, 1-5).

    Wyoming trailed by 10 when Colorado State began losing control early in the second period. The Cowboys tied the game 39-39 on a 13-3 run that included three 3-pointers -- two by Dion Sherrell and one by Straight.

    Sherrell and Straight then added one 3-pointer apiece over the next couple minutes, giving the Pokes a 47-41 lead.

    "The first half we spent too much time studying and looking," Cowboys head coach Steve McClain said. "The second half we did more of what we do in practice all week."

    Colorado State came within 59-53 with 1:54 left on a 3-pointer by Sean Morris. But the Rams would come no closer.

    McClain, however, said the game was never out of Colorado State's reach, and it was Wyoming's defense which won it: "They were frustrated," he said of his players at the half. "But yeah, defensively they were fine.

    "The one thing this team is understanding, is if you have the mentality on defense, at some point you're going to get a run."

    Colorado State head coach Dale Layer said Wyoming's experience and his team's inexperience showed. "We're getting better," he said. "We just need to stretch it into longer than 25-30 minutes of good basketball, and that is what we had here tonight."

    He said his team was a bit slow on shooting and the Wyoming fans helped the Pokes get things happening. "They are an emotional team and they had 10,000 people behind them and that gave them great energy. Emotional teams have that capacity."

    Layer contrasted the large amount of playing time for his young team and the end-of-the-game court time for Wyoming's freshmen. "I told our guys that they played really hard and that I am proud of their effort," he said.

    Jerry Webb led Wyoming with 14 points, followed by 13 from Sherrell, 12 by Straight and 10 from Justin Williams. Straight also led with nine rebounds and seven assists.

    For the Rams, Matt Nelson led with 15. Matt Morris was the other player in double-digits, with 12, while Jason Smith had six rebounds.

    The Rams finished shooting 29.8, while Wyoming was 35.6 percent.

    The Cowboys shot just 20.7 percent in the first half. Colorado State didn't fare much better, hitting 31 percent.

    The Rams battered the Pokes over the first 20 minutes, leading 18-7 just 8 minutes into the game on free throws by Stuart Creason. Colorado State entered the second half with a 30-22 lead.

    Wyoming leads the series 121-80, including 73-36 in Laramie. In Mountain West Conference games, the Cowboys lead 9-4.

    Straight's layup as the clock ran up came after Wyoming appeared content to let the clock run out. "I just flipped the ball up at the basket," he said. "I didn't expect it to count."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 56 69
    FG Made-Attempted 17-57 (.298) 21-59 (.356)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-16 (.313) 5-16 (.313)
    FT Made-Attempted 17-23 (.739) 22-29 (.759)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 12 13

    2004-05 Season

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