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Cowboys struggle at free-throw line in 67-62 setback at Fresno State

Jan 30, 2014 - From staff reports

FRESNO, Calif. -- They're something that often does not get talked about -- unless they are missed.

Unfortunately, missed free throws were a talking point for the University of Wyoming men's basketball team Wednesday night.

The Cowboys missed eight free throws, including six in the second half, in a 67-62 loss at Fresno State in front of an announced crowd of 5,946 at the Save Mart Center. The story was reported by the Wyoming Tribune Eagle.

"We had more than enough opportunities to win the game just at the free-throw line," said UW coach Larry Shyatt, whose team was 9 of 17 from the line and 5 of 11 in the second half. The Cowboys entered the game as a 73.2 percent free-throw shooting squad.

UW (13-7 overall, 4-3 Mountain West) had its four game winning streak snapped, and is now 0-9 all time at Fresno State.

The Bulldogs (9-13, 2-7) ended their five-game losing streak.

Shyatt said there were other miscues that led to the loss, such as some untimely turnovers and what Shyatt described as "a readiness for loose balls."

There were also some "momentum plays" Shyatt said that hurt UW.

Fresno State senior guard Tyler Johnson made a 3-pointer prior to halftime after the Bulldogs got an offensive rebound that gave them a 33-26 halftime lead.

Johnson scored 20 points, and all nine Fresno State players that got into the game scored.

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