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Cowboys knock off CSU behind Sobey's big night
Mar 10, 2014 - From staff reports
Senior guard Nathan Sobey posted a career-high 33 points and sophomore guard Josh Adams added 22 to help the University of Wyoming men's basketball team close the regular season with a 83-75 victory over Colorado State on Saturday afternoon in the Arena-Auditorium. The Cowboys (18-13, 9-9 MW) finished .500 or better for the first time in Mountain West play since going 7-7 in 2004-05.
"Nate [Sobey] was terrific," UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. "Reluctantly, we had to pull him out a couple times and he had to pull himself out to get a breather because he was exhausted. Good job by our assistant coaching staff because they got him out just long enough so that he had his legs late in the game. He made a couple big finishes and hit his free throws down the stretch."
Wyoming quickly built an 18-point lead early in the second half, but the Rams (16-15, 7-11 MW) came roaring back with a 16-3 run that included four threes. CSU couldn't quite managed a lead, though, as it kept UW's advantage around two possessions most of the second half. The Rams clawed within two points twice with six minutes remaining, but Sobey converted a three-point play to start a 10-2 Cowboy spurt that put the Pokes back in control at 74-64 with three minutes left. Sobey and Adams would make free throw downs the stretch to ice the game, as a Sobey dunk with 30 seconds to go put the exclamation point on the Border War victory.
"They all were contributors in different ways," Shyatt said. "Some were in for just a breather. Some were in for foul trouble. Some were in for ball-handling. I just looked at the box score and what jumps out to me is our three point guards - [Jack] Bentz, [Riley] Grabau and [Josh] Adams -- combined for 13 assists and zero turnovers."