The final score shows a six point victory for Wyoming but that doesn't accurately depict how a close a game this one really was. The Wyoming Cowboys (13-2) and Utah Valley Wolverines (7-10) duked it out for 40 minutes with the Pokes pulling away in the final seconds. The turning point at the end was with Wyoming up by one point with 35 seconds remaining when Leonard Washington took a charge in the paint. If that call hadn't gone in favor of the Cowboys the Wolvervines may have pulled off the upset. Luckily Washington stood his ground and Wyoming was able to add several free throws down the stretch to provide a big cushion.
This was a very close game with plenty of lead changes. Neither team was able to pull away substantially which you can see from the chart below.
A big win for Wyoming to win a close one on the road after being off since December 22nd. Nearly two weeks off between games can get a team off their rhythm. Have to give credit to Utah Valley for being a much tougher team the second time around.
After the jump we'll hand out some awards.
Cowboy Joe: Francisco Cruz was hot and kept Wyoming in this game in the first half. He finished with a team best 21 points on 8 of 14 shooting and 3 of 5 from behind the arc. In the second his teammates were able to picked things up and take some of the pressure off Cruz.
Cowboy Low: Wyoming was out rebounded 32-21 which helped give the Wolverines plenty of second chance opportunities. Geddes Robinson had a game high 11 rebounds.
Cowboy Foe: Isiah Williams was held scoreless the first time these teams met. This time he hit five treys and put up 23 points in an impressive showing.