Little Things Lead to Big Win for Cowboys Hoops

LARAMIE, Wyo.  – The Cowboys did the little things on Saturday against San Jose state at the Auditorium-Arena. They led to a big victory for the Cowboys, 89-75, allowing them to move into a tie for fifth place in the MW with New Mexico. The top five teams in the MW draw a first-round bye in next month’s conference tournament.

The Cowboys hit 16 three point-shots, equaling the third highest total in school history, and had 25 assists on 30 shots. The Cowboys improved to 8-6 in the conference and 17-10 overall.

“It always looks good when shots are going in, but what I was most pleased with was how we got those shots and that speaks to our 25 assists today,” Cowboys coach Allen Edwards said. “We had guys penetrating and making plays and then kicking the ball out to guys who were ready to shoot the basketball.  I thought we did a great job of moving the ball today, and certain times during the game I thought we did a good job of defending, as well.”

Six Cowboys scored in double figures for the first time since a game against Boise State 364 days earlier. The Cowboys were led by Hayden Dalton, who scored 22 points and also had 10 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season and the senior’s 22nd of his career. Justin James was 7-of-10 from the field en route to 17 points to go with six assists, and Alan Herndon scored 15 points and blocked three shots, giving him 173 in his career, tied with Josh Davis for the third highest total in school history.

Alexander Aka Gorski, Cody Kelly and Hunter Maldonado had 11 points apiece, and each was 3-for-8 from three-point range. 

After falling behind 27-22 with 8:30 remaining in the first half, the Cowboys went on a 16-point scoring binge, including two three-point shots from Aka Gorski.

 The Cowboys will be back on the floor on Tuesday for what looms as a big game against New Mexico at the Auditorium-Arena.

The Cowboys are 13-2 all-time against San Jose State, winning the last five games. … The Cowboys improved to 12-1 in games they led at halftime. … Dalton has scored 20 or more points in eight of his last nine games. He is tied for 10th all-time with 68 three-point baskets, including six on Saturday. … Given the quick turnaround to play New Mexico the Cowboys will have a light workout on Sunday instead of having the day off. … New Mexico was off Saturday.

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