Courtesy Wyoming Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (Feb. 22, 2014) – Senior guard Nathan Sobey scored 15 points and the University of Wyoming men’s basketball team was tied with Colorado State, 31-31, at halftime, but the Rams used a 15-2 run midway through the second half to earn an 82-67 Border War victory over the Pokes on Saturday afternoon in Moby Arena. The Cowboys (17-10, 8-6 MW) suffered just their second loss by double figures this season, as the Rams (15-13, 6-9 MW) evened the series at 16 games apiece in Mountain West play.
Wyoming was tied at halftime for the first time this season, but Colorado State came out hot in the second half. The Rams used a 9-2 spurt to go up by seven at 40-33, before the Pokes clawed back within five. That would be as close as UW could get, though, as CSU hit back-to-back threes to spark a 15-2 run through the middle minutes that put it up 59-41 with nine minutes left. The Rams shot 59 percent (17-of-29) from the field and 56 percent (5-of-9) from deep in the second half.
Sobey notched his second-straight game in double figures and added three assists, while sophomore guard Josh Adams added 11 points for his 15th game in double figures this season and 25th game of his career. He also had two assists and two steals. Junior forward Derek Cooke Jr. had a team-high seven rebounds and junior guard Riley Grabau contributed four assists.
Wyoming shot 50 percent (21-of-42) from the field and 59 percent (10-of-17) from three for its fifth game shooting more than 50 percent from deep this season. UW’s 10 threes tied a season high. CSU hit 51 percent (30-of-59) and 47 percent (7-of-15), respectively, while earning a 37-21 advantage on the boards and 20-15 in assists. The Rams committed just five turnovers in the game.
The Cowboys held the lead the majority of the half and built it to as many as seven points through the first seven minutes. Adams had two threes during the stretch, after making just two total treys during UW’s previous 13 MW games. The Rams crafted a 9-2 run through the middle minutes to tie the contest at 20-20 with seven minutes left, but four-straight free throws from junior forward Matt Sellers and a layup from Sobey pushed Wyoming back in front 28-23 with four minutes to go. CSU once again fought back to tie the game at 31-31 and the Pokes missed their final shot to head into halftime tied for the first time this season.
Adams paced Wyoming with eight points in the first half, while Sobey added six points, four rebounds and two assists. Cooke also had four rebounds, while Grabau added two assists as well. The Cowboys shot 47 percent (9-of-19) in the first half, including 57 percent (4-of-7) from deep, while CSU connected on 43 percent (13-of-30) and 33 percent (2-of-6), respectively. The Rams earned a 20-11 advantage on the boards and 18-8 in points in the paint in the first half.
Wyoming continues its season by hosting Air Force on Tuesday at 7 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium.