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What looked like a bad loss became a great win for the Cowboys.
It seems like Fresno State is kryptonite to the Wyoming Cowboys free throwing shooting. Despite those struggles the Pokes put together a strong second half and pulled out a late win. The first time these teams met the Bulldogs downright embarrassed Wyoming and it looked like things were leaning that same way. Fresno State held a 10 point lead at halftime as Wyoming shot just 36% from the field.
In the second half things started turning around for Wyoming who found their groove on both offense and defense. The only area they struggled was the from the free throw line where they shot 10-21 in the 2nd half. Leonard Washington hurt the the most by shooting just 2 of 10 from the charity stripe. Luckily he contributed in plenty of other areas to help the comeback. The Boss had yet another double double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Larry Nance Jr. battled a sinus infection but still came up big. Nance finished with eight points, four rebounds, four assists, five steals and three blocks. Derrious Gilmore had a fever but that didn't stop him from scoring 12 points and hitting several clutch free throws down the stretch.
Once again Nathan Sobey gave a great contribution off the bench. Seven of his 10 points came on free throws. Great to see his confidence and playmaking continue to grow. Even though Wyoming narrowed the gap it seemed like they would still end up short in this one. Some key defense plays in the final two minutes helped the Cowboys tie the game. They could have taken the lead but missed free throws prevented that from happening. Fresno State had an opportunity to take the last shot and missed. The Bulldogs shot just 25% from the field in the second half.
In overtime Wyoming held Fresno State to just two points but still the Bulldogs had plenty of opportunities to win. The Cowboys helped give themselves a boost in the conference standings and now sit at 18-7 (4-7). Currently they are projected to face #2 Colorado State in the first round of the conference tournament. Wyoming sits a half game behind Boise State in the standings and would need to finish with a better record then the Broncos to move up to sixth since Boise swept the series.
This Tuesday Wyoming travels to San Diego State and then hosts UNLV on Saturday. Both games will be aired on Time Warner Cable SportsNet. A sweep of the Aztecs would provide a very nice resume boost for Wyoming. A road win on the Mesa would really be a big help.