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Nevada Basketball: Wolf Pack outlasts Cowboys

Despite losing some key players to foul trouble, the Wolf Pack knock off the Cowboys 75-69 to complete a regular season sweep of Wyoming.

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The Nevada Wolf Pack overcame the loss of key players to foul trouble and a pair of great performances by Wyoming's Josh Adams (23 points) and Jason McManamen (12 points) to pull out a victory over the Wyoming Cowboys 75-69 to improve their overall record to 11-7 and 3-3 in the Mountain West Conference while the Cowboys drop to a 10-10 overall record and a 3-4 record in conference play. The win gives Nevada a sweep of the regular season series with Wyoming and marks the first Nevada victory over Wyoming in Laramie since a 35-32 victory over the Cowboys in 1938.

Tyron Criswell and Cameron Oliver both scored 19 points for Nevada despite foul troubles for both. Criswell fouled out of the game while Oliver was ejected after receiving two technical fouls. Oliver got his first technical when he pushed McManamen to the floor after scrambling for a loose ball and Oliver 's second technical came after the Wolf Pack went on a 11-1 scoring run, Wyoming called time out and Oliver was clapping at the direction of the Wyoming fans and referee Randy McCall charged Oliver with a second technical and Oliver was done for the night.

In the second half, Wyoming raced out to a 49-39 lead after the Cowboys went on a 10-0 scoring run but Nevada came right back and went on a 12-1 scoring run to give them a 51-50 lead midway thru the second half. From there the lead exchanged hands as neither team held more than a three-point lead throughout the half. The Cowboys held a 63-60 lead with 3:24 left in the game when Nevada went on a 15-6 scoring run to give them the lead for good and seal the victory.

With this win, Nevada has won back to back road games for the first time since the 2013-2014 season. This road win is big confidence booster for a team that is improving and they will need that confidence heading into a two game home stand where the will face in-state rival UNLV on Saturday and Mountain West Conference leader San Diego State on January 26th.