9:00 PM ET, February 7, 2005
Arena-Auditorium, Laramie, Wyoming
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- Jay Straight scored 24 points and recorded 12 assists to guide Wyoming to an 81-71 win over New Mexico on Monday.The second half was especially hard-fought, with six lead changes. But the Cowboys (13-8, 5-3 Mountain West Conference) won on a 13-0 run over the last two-and-a-half minutes of the game.Though the Lobos (17-6, 4-4) gave up four of those final points on free throws, the others included a basket and 3-pointer from Straight, who ended the night 4 of 8 from that range, and a basket by Justin Williams."That's a pretty good run in the last 2 minutes of the game when you've been trying all game to get a run," Wyoming head coach Steve McClain said.The Cowboys entered the second half ahead 39-32, which faded into a 46-44 Lobos lead over the next several minutes on a basket by Alfred Neale, two free throws by David Chiotti and a 3-pointer by Granger."I felt that was one of the more physical games we had with him," McClain said of Granger.It was a hardscrabble ball game from there: Neither team got more than 3 points ahead over the next 11½ minutes and the game was tied at 49, 61, 66 and 68.For McClain, it was his players' increased confidence and ability to take advantage of turnovers that made the difference."We weren't physical when we played down at their place and we knew we had to be tonight," he said, referring to the Cowboys' 89-75 loss at New Mexico on Jan. 8.The lead also changed a few times in the first half.After New Mexico took a 25-24 lead on a pair of baskets by Granger, Wyoming responded with an 11-0 run and a 35-25 lead. The Cowboys widened their lead to as much as 37-29, but the Lobos chiseled that back to 39-32 at halftime.After Straight, Dion Sherrell scored 22 and Williams 12.For New Mexico, Granger led with 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Neale had 14 points, Troy DeVries had 13 and Chiotti 11.The Lobos shot 47 percent from the field; Wyoming 52 percent.
|FG Made-Attempted||23-49 (.469)||31-60 (.517)|
|3P Made-Attempted||9-20 (.450)||8-19 (.421)|
|FT Made-Attempted||16-25 (.640)||11-20 (.550)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|