Wyoming was 0-8 when facing Fresno State in Fresno, that streak is now 0-9. The Cowboys picked a rough night to have an off game. The Mountain West is not very forgiving conference, especially on the road. Fresno State was able to keep a lead most of the first half and ended up with a 33-26 edge at halftime. The Cowboys have been able to able to come from behind in other victories, they weren't able to pull it off tonight. Down just four points with a minute remaining, the ball just didn't bounce Wyoming's way.
Larry Nance Jr. led the Pokes with 20 points and five rebounds. Riley Grabau added 14 points and was four of six from behind the arc, despite playing with a sore wrist. No other Cowboys hit double digit scoring figures. As a team the Cowboys hit 7 of 15 three pointers. The downside was their failure to convert free throws. Wyoming only hit 9 of 17 from the stripe.
"My biggest disappointment tonight was missing free throws," UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. "You don't think about them when you are making them, but that really shines in this particular game. You can't give away eight to 10 points like that on the road. We made some bad decisions on offense in the first half and weren't playing like we normally play. Loose balls were also disappointing. I thought they beat us to about five or six loose balls that really hurt us, particularly that last offensive rebound."
Fresno State shot better from the field (53%) and the free throw line (66%). Their five extra converted free throws ended up being the difference in this game. The rebounding of Fresno's guards is one of their biggest strengths. That certainly proved true as Tyler Johnson had 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Marvelle Harris chipped in 11 points and three rebounds.
Wyoming now drops to 13-7 (4-3 MW) and their four game winning streak is snapped. This Saturday they'll look to get back on the winning track when the host the Utah State Aggies. Tip off is at 4 p.m. MT in Arena-Auditorium. The Aggies (12-8, 2-6 MW) are a much more dangerous team then their record indicates. 6-7 freshmen guard Jalen Moore has been playing well in Mountain West play and is showing he could be one of the future stars of the conference.