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Wyoming drops late-night showdown to San Diego State


NCAA Basketball: Wyoming at San Diego State Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Wyoming’s shooting woes continued late Tuesday night in Viejas Arena as they fell to 4-6 in conference play.

The Cowboys frequently found themselves trying to get out of massive holes, and were down by as many as 14 in the first half.

The Cowboys offense went cold up until the last four minutes of the first half, when they scored over half their points in the half.

San Diego’s defense was effective in shutting down the Cowboy’s high-volume offense while the Aztecs offense capitalized on the Cowboys lax defense on the other end of the court.

Neither team really played exceptionally well in the grand scheme of things. Both teams shot under 40% from the floor and 30% from three. No player scored more than 20 points. But someone had to win.

Justin James led the Cowboys with 20 points, all off the bench. He was also the only Cowboy to have better than 50% shooting from the floor.

Malik Pope and Trey Kell led the Aztecs with 17 and 18 points respectively. Pope, a highly touted player coming into the season, has seemed to found his stroke again, knocking down 38 points in his last two games.

Wyoming’s bench has continued to be a driving force. In their last five game, the bench has scored an average of 32.8 points per game to the starters 37.2 ppg.

A lot of that can be attributed to the play of James and Hayden Dalton, who are the two leaders in scoring on the team.

The Cowboys have an extra rest day to do whatever it is they gotta do before traveling to Colorado Springs on Saturday.

The Aztecs, meanwhile, will take on Fresno State in Fresno.