Fueled by 68 points from their guards alone, Wyoming dominated Colorado State on the road in their 225th meeting between the Border rivals.Josh Adams put on a monster performance, scoring 37 points, and tying a Wyoming single-game record with nine three pointers in their 84-66 victory.
It was just one of those nights which everyone knew that no one could stop him. Adams performance was even more impressive if you factor in his eight rebounds and seven assists.Josh Gillon led the way for the Rams with 17 points, but was 4-for-12 from the field.
The Cowboys came running out of the gates early, going up 31-11 and eventually taking a 41-27 to the locker room. Colorado State used mini runs to try to get back in the game, although the lowest they could cut the deficit to was 11.Of the other 68 points recorded by the Wyoming back court, 20 came from Jason McManamen and 11 from Jason Lieberman.
McManamen was deadly as usual from three-point range, hitting 5-of-8.The one aspect of play Colorado State won was in rebounding. The Rams grabbed 45 rebounds compared to Wyoming's 31, despite having a lot less chances to grab rebounds with the Cowboys shooting 55.4 percent from the field for the entire game.Both big men Tiel Daniels (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Emmanuel Omogbo (13 points, 11 rebounds) had double-doubles for the Rams and have formed one of the most formidable inside games in the Mountain West.
Arguably Wyoming played its best basketball it has played all season on Saturday and it comes at the right time with the MWC Tournament less than three weeks away. The win moves the Cowboys to 6-9 in Conference play while Colorado State has one less loss at 6-8.
Currently, Colorado State sits in sixth out of 11 teams in the Conference. Wyoming is right behind them in eighth, and although neither coach will admit it, the final games will be used to avoid the 8th or 9th seeds and a possible meeting with San Diego State in the second round.