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UW faces tough road challenge
Jan 10, 2014 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer
After suffering back-to-back Mountain West losses by a single basket, the University of Wyoming men's basketball team faces a challenging road contest at Boise State on Saturday. The Cowboys (9-6, 0-2 MW) continue to boast one of the best defenses in the conference, but face one of the top offenses in the league in the Broncos (11-4, 1-1). Tip is set for 7 p.m. MT in Taco Bell Arena.
Fans can follow live coverage of the game, including live video from ESPN3.com, through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on GoWYO.com. The contest will also be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network.
Wyoming dropped to 0-2 in the Mountain West and 9-6 overall after a tightly-contested 72-69 overtime loss to New Mexico on Wednesday night at home. Four of UW's six losses have come by five points or less, including back-to-back losses by a single basket each. Against the Lobos, the Cowboys trailed by as many as eight points in the second half, before crafting a 6-1 run over the final 1:30 to send the game to overtime. New Mexico quickly went up by four in the extra frame, before UW hit a three with 47 seconds to go to pull the Pokes within one at 70-69. The Lobos missed both free throws on their ensuing possession to give the Cowboys a chance to win with 29 seconds left, but their shot was blocked and the Lobos made two freebies. The Pokes had one final chance to tie the game, but their three was short. Wyoming shot 49 percent (24-of-49) from the field and 40 percent (6-of-15) beyond the arc compared to 43 percent (27-of-62) and 38 percent (7-of-18), respectively, for New Mexico. The Lobos earned a 37-31 advantage in rebounds and 13-11 in assists. The Cowboys committed 12 turnovers to eight for the Lobos.