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Nevada vs Wyoming Recap: Wolf Pack falter after losing double digit lead

The Wolf Pack had a 14 point lead at the half but could not hold onto the lead and fall to Wyoming.

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In the first half, Nevada held Wyoming to just 13 points on just 6 of 23 shooting from the field. And because of this, Nevada was up by 14 on Wyoming.

Then in the second half, the wheels fell off for Nevada.

The Cowboys offense came alive and more specifically Josh Adams came alive as he scored 18 points and dished out six assists tonight. The Wolf Pack had no answer for him in the second half as he drove his way into the paint scoring at will against the Nevada interior defense. Led by Adams, the Cowboys outscored the Wolf Pack by 20 points in the second half as the Cowboys (21-6, 10-4 MW) came from behind to defeat the Wolf Pack(8-17, 4-9 MW) 64-58.

For Nevada, this game was just like their contest with New Mexico on Saturday night but it was the Wolf Pack who saw their double digit lead vanish in the second half. The Wolf Pack defense in the second half was a sieve as they gave up 51 points in the second half and on offense, AJ West was the best player for the Wolf Pack but only had six field goal attempts. He did get another double double (18 points and 19 rebounds) but if you are Nevada, you need to get the ball to your best player more than six times even though Wyoming's defense did a good job on defending West in the paint.

The Cowboys went on a 12-2 scoring run in the second half which was capped off by a Jason McManamen 3 pointer at the 4:26 mark to give the Cowboys the lead for good.

For Nevada, this was the largest blown lead the Wolf Pack has had all season and the lack of scoring outside of AJ West and defensive breakdowns in the second half lead to the Wolf Pack's demise.

Can the Wolf Pack find the consistent scoring punch and tighten up their defense  so they can close out the regular season on a high note? We shall see on Saturday as the Wolf Pack travel to Boise to face the Broncos.