Wyoming ends Fresno State’s winning ways, 72-66

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Wyoming senior, Nathan Sobey, had a career night with 26 points to lead the Cowboys past Fresno State.

Just over a month ago, Wyoming traveled to Fresno State and lost, beginning what would shape up to be a five game tear by the Bulldogs. In equal and opposite fashion, Wyoming was able to redeem their previous shortcomings with a 72-66 victory and put a stop to that same winning monster they helped create.

As can be anticipated with this Wyoming team, things never come easy. The Cowboys were off balance on defense and not shooting well on offense, going 0 for 6 beyond the arc and only shooting 37 percent overall in the first half. Fortunately for the Cowboys, Fresno State had troubles of its own, hitting a mere 31 percent in the first half as both teams struggled to create a clear delineation on the scoreboard in what appeared to be no more than a passing and dribbling contest.

Both teams, however, showed signs of resuscitation in the second half taking shooting percentages north while continuing a free throw standoff that would equate to a total of sixty nine free throw attempts between the two squads. Wyoming seemed to be pulling away early in the second half until Larry Nance Jr. went down with what appeared to be a severe knee injury just under the fifteen minute mark. Where Nance carried the Cowboys in the first half with 15 points, Sobey picked up the slack in the second half finishing with a career high 26 points and found ways to score when the Cowboys needed it most.

Tyler Johnson led Fresno State with 24 points, followed by Marvelle Harris and Cezar Guerrero, with 18 and 13 respectively. Fresno State's Alex Davis fouled outwith 3:47 left in the game for the 10th time this season, followed by Guerrero, Johnson, and Giddings for the Bulldogs as well as Granberry for the Cowboys.

Next up for the Wyoming is a border war contest against Colorado State which will be held in Ft. Collins on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs continue on the road as well on Saturday to take on Utah State.

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