Jan 17, 2013 - The Associated PressGood defense has often bailed out the University of Wyoming men's basketball team when its offense wasn't making shots.
Not Wednesday night at Fresno State.
UW recorded season-lows in a several offensive categories in a 49-36 loss to the Bulldogs in front of an announced crowd of 6,670 at the Save Mart Center. It was the fewest points the Cowboys have scored since a 27-25 win at Brigham Young on Jan. 23, 1982.
UW fell to 14-2 overall and 1-2 in the Mountain West. Fresno State improved to 7-9, 1-2.
"Some of the shots we usually make were not falling," said UW senior point guard Derrious Gilmore, who was 0 of 8 from the field and 0 of 6 from 3-point range.
"What really killed us was free throws. We were 7 of 20 and if we hit more of those we are right there in the game. We just were not making them tonight. I don't know why, they just were not falling."
Sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr., and sophomore guard Riley Grabau led UW with 10 points apiece. Nance had nine rebounds, and Grabau had zero turnovers in a team-high 38 minutes.
UW attempted 50 shots, 17 more than Fresno State, and held a 15-5 edge in offensive rebounds.
But no player shot better than 50 percent from the field. UW entered the week as the second-best free-throw shooting team at 74.2 percent. Its previous worst two free-throw percentage games were 59.1 and 57.1.
"I don't like putting pressure on shots, but I do like putting pressure on making free throws," coach Larry Shyatt said. "Free throws win games. Missing 13 in this game was tough."
The Cowboys led 11-5 with 14 minutes, 13 seconds left in the first half, but Fresno State outscored UW 21-5 the rest of the half for a 26-16 halftime lead. The 16 points was a season-low for a half. The Cowboys had 17 in the first half at Nevada last Saturday.
"I thought we were a little casual on offense early in the game," Shyatt said.
"I don't know if our defense ever let its guard down. Allowing 49 points should win most games."
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