CHEYENNE, Wyoming (press launch) — The Wyoming Cowboys virtually got here again from a 12-point deficit within the remaining jiffy after they got here up with a basket, however Southeastern Louisiana held on to the 76-72 win to stall the pokes within the season to convey 2:1. Wyoming fought its manner 31 % out of the sector with gunfights within the afternoon.
“Missing shots doesn’t determine how you win games,” stated UW head coach Jeff Linder. “If you are a extremely good staff, much like final yr after we performed Washington, we shot like 36 %, however we discovered a option to win the sport as a result of we sat down and guarded them. You cannot have a staff come into your own home court docket and shoot 48 % of the three like Southeastern Louisiana did right this moment. It’s unlucky. They performed zone in opposition to us and though we obtained candid seems to be, typically that is what occurs – they miss photographs. But should you flip round and hold it at 42 % versus 48, even with all these misses, you will discover a option to win this sport.
The Cowboys had been 13 of 42 from throughout the arc within the competitors, down 31 %. Southeastern Louisiana shot 48 % from discipline and over the arc within the contest. Wyoming held the benefit on the glass 41-35, together with 17 offensive rebounds.
The Cowboys had 4 gamers who scored in double figures within the Hunter Maldonado-led competitors, with 15 factors and 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season and thirteenth of his profession. Brendan Wenzel led the staff with 16 factors and added 4 threes. Noah Reynolds added 14 factors within the contest, tying for a career-high together with 5 rebounds. Max Agbonkpolo added 10 double-digit factors for his third sport to begin his Wyoming profession.
The Pokes struggled offensively early on, however threes from Wenzel and Thompson gave the Cowboys a 6-5 lead within the first three and a half minutes. The Lions would then put up with a 9-0 ninety-second run. A 14-6 lead over the Pokes.
The Cowboys would get three straight buckets over 40 seconds to make it a 19-19 sport with 11 minutes left at halftime. Ethan Anderson led by 5 factors and Hunter Thompson added his second three of the sport. But the Lions went previous 1:15 on a 7-0 run to take a 26-19 lead, with 8:54 remaining within the first half.
Wyoming went practically 4 minutes with out a discipline purpose till Agbonkpolo scored a 3 for a 28-24 sport for SELA with 6:31 within the opening body. Wenzel added a three-pointer for Wyoming to make it a one-point sport with simply over 5 minutes left within the opening stanza. Agbonkpolo added an alley-oop transition slam and Reynolds added a three-pointer for a 32-28 result in cap an 11-0 run.
The Lions would proceed one other 8-0 run and take a 36-32 lead with three minutes remaining. The Cowboys would reduce the deficit to some extent, however turnovers plagued Brown and Gold within the closing minutes till a 3 from Reynolds tied the competition 38-38 at halftime.
The Pokes remained scoreless for the primary two minutes of the second half till Anderson discovered the basket for a 42-40 play within the Lions’ favour. Christian Agnew added a game-and-one to make it a six-point sport and the lead was later elevated to eight at 51-43. But a bucket from Kenny Foster and three from Wenzel made it a 51-48 contest in favor of the Lions with simply over 14 minutes left.
Wyoming saved the Lions scoreless for two:30 and Maldonado added a bucket and two free throws for a 52-51 lead, however one other three from Southeastern gave them a 54-52 lead with simply over 12 minutes left. A minute later the lead was prolonged to 5 factors.
The Cowboys remained scoreless for 3 minutes and the Lions would lengthen the result in 9 factors at 63-54 with six minutes remaining. The finish was stopped by two free throws from Maldonado, however a Southeastern three-pointer made it a 10-point sport at 66-56 with 4:40 in competition.
The Lions prolonged their lead 70-58 to 12 factors with lower than 4 minutes to go. Wenzel added one other three for a 70-61 sport with 3:17 remaining. SELA hit a free throw, however two technical free throws from Reynolds and two freebies from Agbonkpolo made it a 71-65 sport with 2:25 left.
Maldonado added two extra free throws for a 71-67 sport with 1:45 remaining. The staff traded three factors and the SELA lead was nonetheless 4 factors at 74-70 with 51 seconds remaining. Wyoming would then power a turnover and take their flip for 2 giveaways from Wenzel for a 74-72 sport with 32 seconds remaining.
After two free throws from SELA, it was a four-point sport and the nearer Wyoming would fall, 76-72.
The Lions had been led by Christian Agnew by 15 factors that night time. He was 5-of-9 out of the sector. Donte Houston, Jr. added 13 factors within the afternoon.
The Cowboys return for a contest in opposition to Howard on ESPN3 subsequent Friday at 2:15 p.m. at Paradise Jam within the US Virgin Islands.
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