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Cowboys end season with overtime loss
Mar 26, 2013 - From staff reports
LARAMIE (AP) - This time, the buzzer-beater didn't go the University of Wyoming's way.
Junior guard David Brown hit a game-tying 3-pointer with less than a second left to force overtime, then added six more points in overtime as Western Michigan ended UW's season with a 75-67 loss in the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational in front of 2,544 fans at the Arena-Auditorium Monday night.
UW finishes 20-14 after ending a 23-game home winning streak over nonconference foes. Western Michigan improved to 22-12 and plays in Wednesday's semifinals at George Mason. The other CBI semifinal is Santa Clara at Wright State.
The Cowboys took a 59-56 lead with seven seconds to play after true freshman guard Josh Adams made 1 of 2 free throws after taking a long inbounds pass from senior forward Leonard Washington.
Brown got open in the right corner as Western Michigan took the ball out by its own bench after a foul by Adams with 3.5 seconds to play.
"That was just a good shot by them," said UW sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr., who led the Cowboys with 19 points and eight rebounds. "We had a hand in his face.
"As Nathan Sobey showed us last week, sometimes those shots go in. Props to (Brown) for that shot, but we were there."
Sobey made the game-winning 3-pointer for UW in its 67-66 win over Lehigh last Tuesday.
Brown came off the bench to lead Western Michigan with 17 points.
"It was supposed to go to (senior guard Brandon Pokley), but as soon as I caught the ball I thought to myself 'There is only 3.5 seconds left and I have to put up a shot,'" Brown said. "I had to make something happen, and I was blessed that it went in."
UW committed only five personal fouls up to that point, but Shyatt and Western Michigan coach Steve Hawkins both said there were not that many chances to foul after Adams.
"We told the referees we would probably use a foul in the backcourt only because I am always worried about a (four-point play)," Shyatt said. "I only used one of them in the backcourt. They had to make a great shot, and they did."
UW didn't make its outside shots, going 3-for-17 from 3-point range for a season-low 17.6 percent. The three 3s made were the second-lowest in a game this season. The Cowboys stayed in the game by scoring 34 points in the paint and making 16 of 21 attempts from the free-throw line.