It took 55 minutes to finally settle the outcome of the game between the Wyoming Cowboys and the Fresno State Bulldogs. In the third overtime, a Larry Nance Jr,. jumper gave Wyoming a 67-65 lead and a Charles Hankerson three-pointer with 14 seconds left sealed the victory for the 25th ranked Pokes as they defeated the Bulldogs at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, 70-65.
This was a thrilling back and fourth contest that had 15 lead changes and had 11 ties. Wyoming had several chances to finish off Fresno State in regulation and in overtime but could not close the deal.
Nance, who scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds, had a chance to win the game at the free throw line but missed both free throws with one second left in the second overtime. His jumper and Hankerson's three finally put away the Bulldogs as the Cowboys get back on the winning track after losing to San Diego State on Wednesday.
Wyoming's zone defense gave the Fresno State offense problems as the Pokes held the Bulldogs to just 36 percent from the field and 21 percent from three point land.
Paul Watson lead all Bulldogs scorers with 19 points also Marvelle Harris scored 13 points but only shot six of 15 from the field as he struggled shooting against Wyoming's zone. Cezar Guerrero came off the bench for Fresno State and scored 12 points in his second game back after serving a suspension due to NCAA continuing eligibility requirements.
For Wyoming, they got a big game from Derek Cook Jr,. as he scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for the Cowboys.
With the win, the Cowboys have a 5-1 conference record (16-3- record overall) and now will host New Mexico on January 24th while the Bulldogs conference record is now 4-2 after the loss (9-10 record overall) and will host Nevada on January 24th.