Cowboys Slow Start Costs Them MWC Bye
BOISE – The Cowboys are going to have to put an extra effort into their MWC Tournament bid.
In a foul-filled regular-season finale at Boise State on Saturday night the Cowboys struggled from the field early, from the free throw line all game, and suffered a 95-87 loss that left them with the No. 6 seed in the MWC tournament.
A win would have given the Cowboys the fifth seed in the tournament, and a first-round bye.
The Cowboys finished the season 19-12 overall and 10-8 in the MWC.
"I didn't think we did a great job adjusting to the whistle during the game," Cowboys head coach Allen Edwards said. "We had a few guys in foul trouble and sometimes when you have that you become passive in your defensive. We also missed some timely free throws and then understanding we don't have to come back with one shot."
Senior forward Alan Herndon appeared in his 131st career game tying Eric Leckner for the most games played in school history. He finished the game with 12 points going 5-of-8 from the field.
Wyoming shot 53 percent from the field going 31-of-59, and that was despite opening the game in a 2-for-14 funk. More telling was that the Cowboys hit a season-low 50 percent of their free throws (11-for-22).
Justin James led the Cowboys with 24 points, his 14th game of the season with 20 or more points. Hayden Dalton scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half, and Louis Adams came off the bench to score 10 points..
"We have to chalk it up and focus on our attack plan for the Mountain West Tournament," Edwards said. "The offense wasn't the problem tonight. But it is tournament time and we can't sit on this and we have to prepare like we have in the recent games."