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Wyoming stuns No. 5 San Diego State
Wyoming's Larry Nance Jr. celebrated with the crowd Tuesday in Laramie after his team upset No. 5 San Diego State. University of Wyoming photo

Wyoming stuns No. 5 San Diego State

Feb 12, 2014 - The Associated Press

LARAME -- Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt was familiar with this feeling -- even if it had been a while.

Riley Grabau scored 17 points, Larry Nance Jr. had 14 and the Cowboys beat No. 5 San Diego State 68-62 on Tuesday night to end the Aztecs' 20-game winning streak.

Shyatt was Wyoming's coach 16 years ago -- almost to the day -- the last time a top-five team was upset in Arena-Auditorium. That was Feb. 12, 1998, when the Cowboys took down No. 5 Utah 62-56 on the same floor.

"It's like a good bottle of wine -- it gets better with age," Shyatt said.

The Cowboys (15-9, 6-5 Mountain West Conference) savored another marquee win Tuesday as fans rushed the court after the final buzzer, mobbing Wyoming players.

"Their only other loss was to Arizona," Nance said. "I mean, to be in that category is awesome, you know?

"Fifth-ranked team, the fans storming the court like they did, it was spectacular."

The Aztecs (21-2, 10-1) won 20 in row after losing to Arizona in their second game of the season. The streak tied the program mark set by the 2010-11 team, which finished a school-record 34-3 after reaching the Sweet Sixteen for the first time.

"This is a tough league and you go on the road and it becomes even tougher. And with the win streak we had, I think everybody knows it and everybody talks about they want to be the team to break it and storm the court," SDSU coach Steve Fisher said.

"And, to Wyoming's credit, they were the ones. They were the ones that did it. They played better and they deserved this one."

Dwayne Polee II led San Diego State with 15 points, followed by Xavier Thames with 13 points.

"You've just got to take it as a learning experience," said Thames, who was averaging 18.1 points. "There's a lot of season left, so we can't hang our heads."

Wyoming built a 16-point lead midway through the second half, catching the Aztecs' defense lagging several times. At one point, the Cowboys slammed down four consecutive dunks.

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