A roller coaster season came to an end as the Wyoming Cowboys saw their three point lead disappear thanks to a last second three by Western Michigan's David Brown. That shot just forced overtime but it was all Broncos after the free basketball started. Wyoming led the entire second half except for the final three seconds. As so ends the 2012-13 season of Wyoming basketball. A season that started with a school best 13-0 start fell apart due to suspensions and injuries.
Unfortunately this season ended the same way as it did last year, a 2nd round loss in the CBI. Wyoming was in control for most of the second half but could never quite put the Broncos away. The last several minutes featured several wasted possessions by Wyoming who put up some quick shots instead of controlling the clock. Hanging onto a 2 point lead Wyoming had the ball with nine seconds left. Josh Adams took a long inbound pass and was fouled while attempting to dunk it. Adams came down hard and it was close being a flagrant. Adams hit one of two free throws to give the Pokes a three point lead. On the next possession Western Michigan got the ball past the half court line and the Cowboys fouled since they had fouls to spare. Western called a timeout and set up their final play. Brown took the inbounds and nailed a three right in front of the Bronco bench.
Once again the West Division of the MAC was so not so nice when making the trip to Laramie. This loss will sting just like the football team lost to Toledo. At least no major injuries were inflicted in this game.
The Cowboys had all five starters score in double digits but saw no scoring from their bench. Leonard Washington scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 34 minutes. It was surprising he played so much as you could tell he was not fully healthy. Larry Nance continued to establish him for a strong junior year with his 19/8 performance. Nance will be expected to be a big leader next season for the Pokes. Riley Grabau finished with 13 points, Adams with 12 and Derrious Gilmore had 11 points and five assists.
The attendance was 2,544 which better than last week but still disappointing considering that the students were back in school and there were no other major events taking place.
And so ends another Wyoming Cowboy basketball season. Certainly progress was made but made but we were never able to see what exactly this season could have been and how far the Cowboys really could have gone.