Laramie, WY – A strong first half was not enough to lift the Wyoming Cowboys (8-12 1-5 MWC) to victory Tuesday night as they fell to the UNLV Rebels 74-65. The Cowboys started out strong against UNLV jumping out to a 12-7 lead nine minutes into the game and taking an eight point lead into the locker room at the half 31-23.
The good times for the Cowboys were short lived as the Rebels came out in the second half hit 50% from beyond the arc and quickly chipped away at the Cowboys lead.
"We had three goals coming into this game, said Wyoming head coach Heath Schroyer. We wanted to limit our turnovers, we needed to rebound the ball well, and we wanted to keep the ball out of the paint. In the first half we were able to do that. In the second half, UNLV did a good job of getting the ball into the post and running cutters off the post. We didn’t rebound the ball, and we didn’t do a good job of stopping penetration."
The Cowboys achieved many of those goals in the first half limiting the Rebels to 10 points in the paint but on the flip side the Cowboys could not pull a rebound down most of the night being out rebounded in the game 40-26.
"UNLV has really good players, Schroyer added. "Their guards are veterans, and those veterans stepped up and made plays for them in the second half. They settled for jump shots in the first half, but in the second half they drove the ball at us and got to the rim."
The play of Chace Stanback, Oscar Bellfield, Tre’Von Willis each who scored 17 points for the Rebels echoed what Schroyer said, with Quintrell Thomas adding another 10 that put four players in double figures for the Rebels.
The Cowboys will be back in action Saturday as they head to San Diego to take on the nationally ranked San Diego State Aztecs. Game is set to tip at 8:00 p.m. mountain time.