Cold-shooting Cowboys Slip to 6th in MWC
SAN DIEGO – The Cowboys dug a first-half hole, and couldn’t rebound in an 87-77 loss at San Diego State on Wednesday night, dropping them into sixth-place in the MWC with a 7-6 record. They are a game back of Fresno State and UNLV, and a half game back of New Mexico in a bid to finish in the top five spots in the standings and earn a first-day bye in the MWC Tournament.
Louis Adams, the Cowboys top player off the bench and fourth highest scorer, missed the game after spraining an ankle during Wednesday’s workout.
“We had opportunities, but gave up some offensive rebounds that hurt us late,” Wyoming head coach Allen Edwards said. “I appreciate the fight with the bench being a little depleted and guys having to stay out there longer.
Junior guard Justin James led the Cowboys with 26 points, hitting 9-of-17 from the field, and Hayden Dalton added 20 points, equaling his career-high with five three pointers.
Senior forward Alan Herndon recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He also added a team-high five assists. Freshman guard Hunter Maldonado scored 13 points for UW.
“The game got away in the first half and it was hard to go even deeper into our bench with Louis (Adams) and Andrew (Moemeka) being out,” Edwards said. “I felt we were behind the eight ball all night and we needed to do what we needed to do to put ourselves in position to come back and win the basketball game.”
The Aztecs shot 53 percent from the field and 44 percent from behind the arc. Wyoming shot 41 percent from the field. SDSU held the advantage on the boards 42-28 and scored 44 points in the paint to the Pokes’ 22. The SDSU bench outscored Wyoming’s 40-1.
“We talked about overcoming a large deficit in the huddles and mostly at halftime and most of the problems came on the defensive end of the floor getting stops in the first half,” Edwards said. “We did a poor job allowing offensive rebounds early and SDSU had some good open looks. We dug ourselves a whole and it starts at the defensive end of the floor trying to get back into the game.”
The Cowboys host San Jose State at 2 p.m., Saturday.