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Wyoming vs. Nevada final score: Cowboys edge out Wolf Pack 63-55 with clutch foul shooting

The Cowboys controlled play for most of the game, but the Wolf Pack kept it close in the waning moments.

Wyoming battled Nevada late in Saturday's game.
Wyoming battled Nevada late in Saturday's game.
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Wyoming was clutch from the foul line down the stretch, as Riley Grabau shot 4-of-4 and Josh Adams sank another pair in the final minute to help the Cowboys beat Nevada 63-55 on Saturday in Arena-Auditorium.

Grabau entered the matchup as the nation's second-best foul shooter, and he showed exactly why against the Wolf Pack. The senior finished 9-for-9 from the line en route to an 18-point, four-assist performance that led all Cowboys.

The win improved Wyoming to 18-4 overall and 7-2 in the conference, putting the Pokes 1/2 game ahead of San Diego State for first place in the conference standings for the time being (The Aztecs face Utah State later Saturday night).

For the second consecutive game, it wasn't Larry Nance Jr. (11 points, 10 rebounds) pacing Wyoming's scoring. Derek Cooke Jr. shot 5-for-5 from the floor and finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Adams scored 13 points and knocked down two 3-pointers to give the Pokes a balanced attack.

Nevada's Tyron Criswell scored 17 points and added four assists, while standout AJ West chipped in 15 points and seven rebounds for a Wolf Pack squad (6-14, 2-6) currently on a six-game losing streak.

However, Nevada made the game interesting both early and late.

It held a small, respectable lead for nearly 10 minutes of the first half, before Cooke scored a layup to that gave Wyoming the lead for the remainder of the game.

The Wolf Pack trimmed their deficit to three points after Criswell made a jumper with 5:56 left. Unfortunately for them, the Pokes made nine foul shots down the stretch (five from Grabau) to ice the win.

Wyoming faces rival Colorado State on Wednesday for its next game, while Nevada hosts SDSU the same night.