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The Cowboys put on an incredible performance in front a large home crowd tonight.
Everyone knows that Wyoming has an advantage while playing in the AA. No one predicted the Pokes dominating San Diego State and leading wire to wire over the 14th ranked team in the country. In an incredible first half Wyoming held the Aztecs to just nine points which is the lowest ever point total in a first half in Mountain West history. The Pokes (15-2,2-2) led wire to wire and put on a defensive showcase in front of an excited crowd of 9,573.
Wyoming was led by double-double twins Leonard Washington and Larry Nance Jr. Washington had his eighth double-double of the year with 14 points and 14 points as well as a career best five steals and two blocks. Nance notched his second career double-double with 11 points (including a three pointer) and 12 rebounds.
There were four total Cowboys who scored in double digits. Derrious Gilmore hit two three pointers and seven free throw for 13 points. Josh Adams hit several key baskets in the first half and finished with 12 points.
In the second half the Aztecs were able to get some scoring going but were still outscored by Wyoming 38-36. Overall it was a rough shooting night for the visitors. San Diego State shot 28.8% from the field and just 11% from behind the arc. Jamaal Franklin was held to 13 points and shot just 3 of 14 from the field. Winston Shepard had 10 points and Chase Tapley just nine.
Really amazing to see the Cowboys bounce back so well after their roughest performance of the year. This is a huge resume win that will come in very handy at selection time. The student section was very loud and it made a huge difference to have school back in session. It will be great to see the crowds swell even larger and break that 10,000 level again. It will be tough to extend the win streak as Wyoming heads to Vegas next week to take on UNLV. In the meantime the Cowboys can savior this win for a couple days and cherish the resilience they've showed.