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Cowboys build big lead to hold off Cal-State Bakersfield 61-53

Feb 7, 2013 - The Associated Press

It was a night for the underclassmen of the University of Wyoming men's basketball team.

Sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr., scored 17 points and pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds. Sophomore forward Derek Cooke Jr., came off the bench and matched a career-best with 12 points and had a career-high 13 rebounds as UW won a road battle against Cal-State Bakersfield 61-53 Wednesday night at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, Calif.

The Cowboys (16-6) snapped a four-game losing streak as they won their final nonconference game of the season. They also completed a two-game sweep of the Roadrunners. They beat them 63-49 on Nov. 24 in Laramie.

Cal-State Bakersfield fell to 8-15.

It was Nance's third double-double of the season and his career. Cooke recorded the first double-double of his career.

"I thought Derek and Nance did a terrific job on the defensive boards," said coach Larry Shyatt. Seven of Cooke's rebounds were offensive. Nance had four offensive boards.

True freshman guard Jason McManamen came off the bench and recorded career-highs with 10 points and 22 minutes of playing time. The Torrington product made all three of his shots, including two 3-pointers.

UW held Bakersfield to only three baskets in the first half. The Roadrunners went nearly nine minutes into the game without making a basket, and 7:30 without scoring a point.

The Cowboys led by as many as 16 in the first half, and led 27-13 at the half. It was the second-fewest points UW has allowed in a half this season. It allowed nine against San Diego State at home on Jan. 19.

Bakersfield cut the lead to four points three different times late in the game.

However, UW made 9-of-11 free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.

Nance appeared to hurt his right knee early in the game, but returned. He also appeared to hurt his right wrist or hand late in the contest, but also returned.

UW needed help from Cooke and McManamen off the bench as it didn't get a lot of production from its starters.

Senior forward Leonard Washington, who averages 14.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, picked up his fourth foul less than two minutes into the second half.

He finished with a season-low two points and had only five rebounds. Washington fouled out late in the game.

Senior point guard Derrious Gilmore, who had a career-high 26 points in UW's 65-46 loss at Colorado State last Saturday, had just nine points.

He was 3-of-13 from the field and 3-of-11 from 3-point range.

UW's other starting guards, true freshman Josh Adams and sophomore Riley Grabau, combined for 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting.

Senior guard Stephon Carter led Bakersfield with 20 points.

The Roadrunners were just 1-of-10 from 3-point range.

UW starts the second half of Mountain West play at 6 p.m. Saturday at Boise State. The Broncos handed the Cowboys a 63-61 home loss on Jan. 9.

Free throws

Cooke had nine points and six rebounds in the first game against Bakersfield, and has pulled down 24 rebounds in his last two games. ... UW finished its nonconference season 14-0.

It is the first time it has gone undefeated in the nonconference since the 1987-88 season.

The Cowboys improved to 6-3 on the road.

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