Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Cowboys (10-19 3-12 MWC) fell Tuesday night to the 9th ranked San Diego Aztecs (28-2 13-2 MWC) 85-58. The Aztecs who started off slow got in gear midway through the first half and played like a team with a chip on their shoulder the rest of the and rolled over the Cowboys.
The win for the Aztecs was a big pick-me-up after their loss to the BYU Cougars over the weekend. The win was the first in Laramie for the Aztecs since 2008.
"We had a tough loss to BYU two times this year, and both times, the game after, I think we played well," forward Malcolm Thomas said after the ninth-ranked Aztecs beat Wyoming 85-58 on Tuesday night.
Thomas and Brian Carlwell both scored 15 points in an arena where the Aztecs haven't been very successful.
Leading the way for The Pokes was Desmar Jackson who had 16 points and 6 rebounds. Djibril Thiam added 13 in the loss for the Cowboys, Thiam was recognized before the game as it was senior night and he is the only senior on the Cowboys squad.
“I thought Dez (Desmar Jackson) played well, and Djibril (Thiam) played well and gave great effort on his senior night,” said Wyoming head coach Fred Langley. “But other than that, the other guys didn’t perform to the level we needed.”
Langley was referring to players such as Amath M’Baye who shot only 4-14 from the field and launched four shots from beyond the arc missing all four. M’Baye who has averaged over 20 points a game since Langley replaced Heath Schroyer only scored 8 points Tuesday night.
The Cowboys will close out their regular season Saturday in Provo, UT as the will play the 3rd ranked BYU Cougars. They Cowboys season will continue in the MWC Tournament starting March 9, 2011.