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Pokes stun No. 15 San Diego Aztecs

Jan 20, 2013 - The Associated Press

The University of Wyoming Cowboys got a little better on offense on Saturday against No. 15 San Diego State at the Arena-Auditorium than they were on Wednesday.

And they got a lot better on defense.

Wyoming limited SDSU to a season low in points in beating the Aztecs 58-45 before a crowd of 9,573 at the A-A. It's the largest crowd at A-A since the 2005 season.

Wyoming (15-2 overall, 2-2 Mountain West) has now won nine of its last 14 games against ranked teams in the A-A.

Coming off one of its worst offensive performances in three decades in a 49-36 loss at Fresno State, Wyoming (15-2 overall, 2-2 Mountain West) never trailed in the game against SDSU (14-4, 2-2 MW).

Wyoming led 20-9 at the half, which was also the lowest single half scoring total of the season for SDSU.

The Aztecs never really got close in the second half.

Leonard Washington led the Cowboys with 14 points and 14 rebounds while Larry Nance Jr. added 11 points and 12 boards as the Cowboys dominated the paint against SDSU.

Derrious Gilmore scored 13 points for UW.

Jamaal Franklin led SDSU with 13 points, but most came with the game already well in hand. Winston Shepard added 10 points.

But with SDSU down seven with under five minutes to play, Shepard was hit with a technical and UW pushed the lead to double digits.

Wyoming goes on the road on Thursday, playing at UNLV at 8:15 p.m. (MST).

CSU outlasts UNLV

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- Some wins taste sweeter depending on how they're obtained.

Colorado State's 66-61 victory over No. 23 UNLV on Saturday certainly hit a nice spot on the Rams' palette.

Colorado State had gained a reputation this season of being a second-half team.

The Rams would weather the storm in the first, doing enough to get by, before having it all come together in the final 20 minutes. That isn't how Saturday's story went against at home against No. 23 UNLV.

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